National Insect Week returns in 2020
Many species of beetle live inside live and decaying trees, branches and logs when they are in larval form. It is possible to detect the sounds with a contact microphone. The sounds tend to be either very short clicks caused by feeding or more noise-like due to movement. The recording here is of the larva of a Two-banded Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum) inside a pine log. Both types of sound can be heard.
Download Rhagium bifasciatum.mp3 (468.8 KB)