Musk Beetle

Musk Beetle ©Lizzie Wilberforce

Musk beetle

Scientific name: Aromia moschata
The metallic-green Musk beetle lives up to its name: it releases a musky-smelling secretion when it defends itself. It is a longhorn beetle, so has lengthy antennae. Look for it near wetlands in summer.

Species information

Statistics

Length: up to 3.4cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

July to August

About

The Musk beetle is a long, narrow-bodied longhorn beetle that has very long antennae. The larvae live in the wood of willow trees (particularly pollards), taking up to three years to develop. The adults can be found on flowers and tree trunks near to wetlands during the summer. The adults emit a musky secretion, hence the common name.

How to identify

The large Musk beetle is metallic blue-green in colour and has long antennae.

Distribution

Widespread but scarce through England, Wales and southern Scotland.

Did you know?

The Musk beetle is most common in areas where there are lots of willow trees, such as the Fens and Broads in East Anglia, or the Somerset Levels.

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