Flower Longhorn Beetles from the genus Strangalia have tapered bodies and are frequently found walking among the petals of flowers.
Strangalia luteicornis, like its cousins, has broad 'shoulders' and an abdomen that gets narrower, or strangled, down the length of the abdomen. Large black and yellow spots on the elytra (wing covering) connect, forming bands across the body. The pronotum is orange with two black stripes running from head to abdomen. This species of Flower Longhorn Beetle visits flowers as an adult to drink nectar from the blossoms. It is also an accidental pollinator, which benefits gardens and meadows. Its larvae, however, bore into tree trunks, which can hinder the tree's ability to move water and nutrients over time.
Scientific Name: Strangalia luteicornis
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 12mm (0.35in to 0.47in)
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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.