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Banded Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus velutinus)


Detailing the identifying qualities of the Banded Longhorn Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.


 Updated: 2/2/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org







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





Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives. Their bodies are colored in alternating bands of red and yellow. The head and pronotum are black. A thin band of yellow separates the pronotum from the head and abdomen. They are wider at the 'shoulders' and taper at the tip of the abdomen. Antennae are black and segmented. Legs are yellow with black 'feet'.

They are often found on flowers, eating the pollen of a variety of species though they seem to favor parsley, carrot and celery flowers. Look for them in herb, vegetable, and flower gardens. Adult beetles can also be found on hardwood trees. Eggs are laid on dead or decaying trees where larvae hatch and begin boring into the wood. Look for larval frass, a mix of feces and sawdust, on the trunk or near the base of the tree. It is produced as a larva digs and is expelled as the tunneling deepens. This species' larvae seem to prefer birch, sumac and goldenrod. Examine fallen trees and rotting logs in mixed wood forests for signs of the Banded Longhorn Beetle.








Banded Longhorn Beetle Information



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


Taxonomy Hierarchy



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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach



Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 8 mm to 16 mm (0.312 inches to 0.624 inches)
Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black
Additional Descriptors: band, stripe, flying, skinny, long antennae, furry, velvet

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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