Species Account for Anaglyptus mysticus
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Taxonomic group: beetles (Coleoptera) - Available county data
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Essex RDB: Listed
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Essex Post-1969 record/s; VC18 1970-on record/s; VC19 1970-on record/s.
Anaglyptus mysticus is a spectacular grey and red/brown longhorn beetle found in woodland, scrub and hedgerows which is widespread, but local in England and Wales. It breeds in dry dead wood of branches and trunks of various species of broad leaved trees as well as scrub such as hawthorn and holly. It apparently particularly favours very dry timber, often that scorched by fire, taking a very long time for the larvae to mature. Both fallen and standing dead timber, especially with the bark attached, should be retained. Gaps in the age structure of the tree and shrub population should be identified and the continuity of the appropriate dead wood habitat ensured by suitable planting. Nectar sources such as hawthorn, umbellifers and composite herbs may be particularly important for this species (Hyman & Parsons, 1992). References