It Looks like the Cactus LongHorne Beetle (Moneilema gagas)
Likes to eat the prickly pear and chollas catcti. native to western desterts of North America and Mexico,
can be very distuctive to cacti as the grub feeds on roots and stems and adults on new growth.
Many thanks for your information, I am not sure that it is the one that you speak of as my garden is in France and although warm the vegetation is more or less the same as in the UK. There are no cacti there at all.
I thank you anyway for your comments.
Thank you for your reply,
I took this photo of a Lily Beetle in the same garden as my long horned beetle, it was about 1" + in length so may or may not be the same as your beetle but it may help with ID.
Hope this helps
You will not believe how relieved I am to hear that this is not a Lily beetle. I was dreading that I was going to have to destroy them due to the Lily beetle being such a pest to plants. I was so admiring of it when I first saw it.
I am glad that it is a Cardinal beetle as having just looked it up on Wikipedia have established that it eats other harmful insects and therefore a help to the garden and not a pest after all.
It is such a beautiful beetle and I am overjoyed that it can stay.
Very best wishes
I think that I have just identified my long horned beetle above, someone else on the site has found a similar beetle in some watercress, and has had it identified as: Lamia Textor or Weaver Lamia (Coleoptera Cerambycidae)
The link describes alot about the habitat in France of the beetle stating that it prefers Willow and Poplar trees. I had just cut down a very old and rotted Poplar tree in my French garden and think that the beetle had come from there.
I have certainly enjoyed the research into establishing what type of beetle this is and have enjoyed receiving the replies to my question, I thank everyone to took the trouble to send me messages
Very many thanks
It is a representative of the Cerambycidae Lamiinae, similar to Lamia textor, but belonging to a different tribe.
Actually, it is a female of Morimus asper (Sulzer, 1776) (Lamiinae, Phrissomini), a species quite common in Southern Europe in broadleaf woods.
Here you can check the male.