My favourite family of beetles can be found on hawthorn blossom: the Cerambycidae – otherwise known as longhorn beetles. This family of beetle are generally characterised by long antenna, an elongate body shape and a robust appearance. They come in a wide range of sizes, but most are on the larger side for beetles. They can be all one colour, such as red, brown or black, or have a variety of different coloured spots and stripes. In total there are about 70 native species and around 30,000 species have been described worldwide. Approximately 10 or so can be found on hawthorn flowers, depending whereabouts in the country you are and how much luck is on your side, as some species are extremely rare.
A relatively common species is Grammoptera ruficornis. This is a smaller species compared to most, measuring in at around 3-7mm. Sometimes hundreds of them can be spotted along even the smallest of hedgerows, if you look close enough. Anaglyptus mysticus is one of the showiest of all the longhorn beetles. It has a distinctive pattern of hairs which is instantly recognisable.