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  • Cedar Beetle - (Sandulus sp.)

    Cedar Beetle - (Sandulus sp.)

    The Cedar Beetle does not attack its namesake. It actually prefers to hunt the grubs of Cicadas before they mature.

    Staff Writer (12/18/2013): The Cedar Beetle has a parasitic relationship with Cicada larvae. Female beetles will lay their eggs on trees so sightings of them there may cause one to think they are attacking the tree like other beetles (i.e. the Asian Longhorn Beetle). The Cedar Beetle eggs will hatch and the larvae will burrow into the ground, searching for young Cicada grubs or nymphs. The beetle larva will attach itself to the Cicada and slowly eat through its exterior and then into the insect, eventually killing it.

    Cedar Beetles have fan-like tips to their antennae. These increase surface area and likely add to their ability to collect information about their surroundings. Their bodies are black, but their abdomens are orange. The abdomen is usually only visible when the beetle spreads its wings. During the day, when in flight, they may be mistaken for fireflies that are not lighting up.

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    Cedar Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Cedar Beetle
    Scientific Name: Sandulus sp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Rhipiceridae
           Genus: Sandulus
            Species: sp.

    Identifying Colors: black

    Additional Descriptors: slow, feathery antennae

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming

    * 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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