This slender Flower Longhorn Beetle may look starved, but the larvae's ubiquitous food supply makes it difficult to be undernourished.
The long antennae, or horns, help place this species in the family Cerambycidae. Its narrow abdomen inspired its name; the species name means 'famished'. Ironically, the larvae of S. famelica feed on a variety of deadwood from commonly found trees like oak and birch, which means they rarely have a difficult time finding food. Adults visit flowers to drink nectar and eat pollen, and are most active from late spring through summer. Little else is published about the life cycle of this particular species.
Scientific Name: Strangalia famelica
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 17mm (0.39in to 0.66in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.