Musk Beetle Facts
- Musk Beetle names a specific species of moderate-sized longhorn beetle endemic to a rather highly restricted portion of Europe.
- This distinctive invertebrate derives its name from the odor it emits when under threat. Most who encounter it describe it as a musky smell.
- Fortunately for this insect, conservation efforts have been put in place by various organizations in its endemic range, to help ensure its survival.
- At the forefront of these efforts is the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Musk Beetle Physical Characteristics
The Musk Beetle is most easily distinguished by both its relatively long antennae and the metallic green color of the bodies. These antennae sometimes grow longer than the entire body of the insect.
The species exhibits a slight degree of sexual dimorphism, in relation to antennae length. Those of the female usually grow about the same length as the body. However, those of the male Musk Beetle generally develop slightly greater in length than their body.
Its body length may be as much as 1.6 in (4 cm), but averages slightly less than that.
In color, the invertebrate typically displays a metallic blue-green color.
Species: A. moschata
Musk Beetle Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The somewhat odiferous Musk Beetle occurs in several countries in Europe, but most commonly in Great Britain. However, even there, its numbers remain scarce.
Also, the creature primarily prefers to inhabit wetland areas.
The adult individuals typically live on the leaves of larger plants. Most individuals seem especially fond of willow trees, for reasons experts have yet to determine.
It is there that the larvae spend the majority of their life cycle. This cycle can be rather prolonged, sometimes lasting as much as 3 years.