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A normally pollen-covered Flower Longhorn beetle Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga----Chrysomeloidea----Longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae)---Lepturinae---Lepturini----Gnathacmaeops-----G. pratensis
Gnathacmaeops pratensis

25th June, 2008.

Gnathacmaeops pratensis2

25th June, 2008.

G. pratensis longhorn beetle dark

28th June, 2009. A darker variation.


This is one of the many Flower Longhorns (subfamily Lepturinae) that feed on plant pollen, seemingly preferring yellow-coloured flowers and also pollinates flowers in the progress which makes it quite important in our ecosystem.
Gnathacmaeops pratensis3

25th June, 2008.


This is another species with some variation and can be dark greyish as well as brown. Often you will find a specimen covered in yellow "dust", this is the pollen that sticks to it when crawling on flowers.

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