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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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20 May, 2010

Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium mordax)

Longhorn beetles are not that common so it is always a bit of a thrill to find one, especially one you have not seen before.

This one, that goes under the catchy name of Rhagium mordax, was on Rowan blossom at the Arne RSPB reserve.

It was amazing that this beetle, once aware of my intruding camera lens (and I admit it was very close) just dropped off of the flower to the ground and there, against the moss, it was so well camouflaged it took me a little while to find it again. This seemed to be a pretty effective safety device. I felt a bit guilty at first thinking it had a long climb back up the blossom but of course it can fly so I am sure it was not long before it was tucking in to its lunch again.

This species lays its eggs on stumps and fallen trees and that is precisely why you will see a lot of dead wood as you walk around the Shipstall area of the reserve. Conservation measures do work!