This fine example of Trichius fasciatus was photographed last week – Sept 2012 – at Rogie Falls by Sarah Fraser.
The wing casings on the bee beetle vary in colour from creamy-yellow to deep orange. The bodies are very hairy and resemble bumble bees – hence the name.
Size: Approximately 10mms long
Distribution: Rare in the UK.
Months seen: May to July
Food: Flower petals
Habitat: Gardens and meadows
Bee beetles are found mainly on the flowers of thyme and roses.
Thanks to Sheena Strachan for directing this sighting to us.