Musk beetle – Aromia moschata
This fabulous longhorn beetle was found along the riverside at Blackstone by Ellie Reast on our August field meeting. This localised beetle takes 3 years to complete its life cycle. Eggs are laid on the bark of live willows and the larvae burrow in, feeding inside for 2 years before pupating and emerging as adults.
The Musk Beetle is a visually striking insect that can easily be identified by its large size and distinct colouration. Typically measuring around an inch or more in length, the Aromia moschata boasts a glossy, dark brown or black exoskeleton. It features a long, slender body with prominent antennae extending from its head. The beetle’s elytra, or wing covers, showcase attractive metallic blue or green hues, providing an elegant contrast against its darker body.