Bug of the Week: Long-horned beetle

The locust borer from a few weeks back belongs to the group of beetles known as long-horned beetles, family Cerambycidae.

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Today we have another example. The Cerambycidae are named for their long antennae, often much longer than the insect's body.

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I'm pretty sure this is the striped longhorn or double-banded bycid, Sphaenothecus bivittatus. The larvae feed on mesquite and there was a mesquite tree about three feet away from where this photograph was taken.

The next week I went back out to look again, but the flowers had quit blooming so I didn't have any luck finding more. Shows that sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time.

 

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