Musk Beetle

Aromia moschata


The Musk Beetle is a long, narrow-bodied longhorn beetle that has very long antennae. The larvae live in the wood of willow trees (particularly pollards), taking up to three years to develop. The adults can be found on flowers and tree trunks near to wetlands during the summer. The adults emit a musky secretion, hence the common name.

How to identify

The large size, long antennae and metallic blue-green colour of the Musk Beetle make this insect unmistakeable if seen well.

Where to find it

Widespread but scarce through England, Wales and southern Scotland.


When to find it

  • July
  • August

How can people help

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Species information

Common name
Musk Beetle
Latin name
Aromia moschata
Length: up to 3.4cm
Conservation status