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  • Banded Longhorn Beetle - (Typocerus velutinus)

    Banded Longhorn Beetle - (Typocerus velutinus)

    The red and yellow Banded Longhorn Beetle likes visiting flowers, but it really digs trees.

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    Staff Writer (10/20/2014): Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives. They are often found on flowers, eating the pollen of a variety of species though they seem to favor parsley, carrot and celery flowers.

    Adult beetles are also found on hardwood trees. Eggs are laid on the dead or decaying trees where larvae hatch, boring into the wood. Look for larval frass, a mix of feces and sawdust created when the larva tunnels deeper. This species' larvae seem to prefer birch, sumac and goldenrod.

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    Banded Longhorn Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Banded Longhorn Beetle
    Scientific Name: Typocerus velutinus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Cerambycidae
           Genus: Typocerus
            Species: velutinus

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 16mm (0.31in to 0.63in)

    Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black

    Additional Descriptors: band, stripe, flying, skinny, long antennae, furry, velvet

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas;Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming;New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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