Alosterna tabacicolor -Bury Ditches hill Fort- Clun

A rather small (body length 6-10mm), black and brown longhorn resembling a small, dark Stenurella melanura or Anastrangalia sanguinolenta but with reddish legs.

A. tabacicolor is widespread and locally common in southern Britain, with records extending thinly into Scotland. The larvae develop within the rotting stumps and branches of various broadleaved and coniferous trees and take two years to mature. Adults can be seen from April until August…Steve Falk