Scientific Name: Stictoleptura cordigera (subfamily Lepturinae, family Cerambycidae).
English Name: No vernacular name (a flower longhorn).
French Name: Le Lepture cordigère (='flower longhorn bearing a mark like a heart'), le Lepture porte-cœur (='heart bearing flower longhorn').
5 Key Characters:
- adults 14 - 20 mm.
- head, pronotum (thorax) and abdomen black, elytra (wing cases) red with a distinctive black pattern.
- adults most often observed visiting flowers, especially umbellifers.
Habitat: Adults found on flowers, especially umbellifers Apiaceae. Larvae found in rotten deciduous trees (which they eat), especially Oaks Quercus spp and Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa.
Adult Active Period: June-July-August.
Status: Reasonably common. Like all large longhorns with life cycles that take 2 -3 years to complete they are somewhat threatened by the removal of dead wood in forests and gardens.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|On Field Scabious Knautia arvensis in our orchard.|
|On Wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa.|