Musk Beetle

Name: Musk Beetle

Scientific name: Aromia moschata

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 70

What are nature stars?

About: A long, narrow-bodied long-horn beetle, up to 4cm long with very long antennae. Metallic bluey-green in colour all over. Larvae live in the wood of willow trees, and the adults can be found on flowers and tree trunks near to wetlands during the summer.

How to identify: An unmistakeable insect if seen well.

Where: Widespread but scarce through England, Wales and southern Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: The Musk Beetle is commonest in areas such as the Fens and Broads in East Anglia or the Somerset Levels, where there are lots of willow trees.

Photograph credit: Lizzie Wilberforce

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