Tanbark Borer - Phymatodes testaceus

    Description

    Length 8 to 13mm. Very variable in colour from golden brown, through reddish to a deep blue-black. A common form has the thorax reddish and the elytra deep blue.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    The adults are active nocturnally and will come to light but are rarely seen otherwise under normal circumstances.

    When to see it

    May to July is the peak time.

    Life History

    Eggs are laid under the bark of standing dead timber or recently cut trunks with oak being the main host, although several other species are used.

    UK Status

    A local species across southern England and Wales to Nottingham and with single records from south Yorkshire and north Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were only 10 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map