Flower Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Flower Longhorn Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 8/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Bright yellow and bold black bands suggest warning, but this Flower Longhorn Beetle genus is harmless, even helpful, to people.
Many species in the Typocerus genus have alternating bands of black or red and yellow on their elytra (wing covering). Some are more auburn red than black. Their broad 'shoulders' taper down to a more narrow abdomen. The long antennae, or horns, helps group them in the Cerambycidae family. Adults are active from spring through autumn visiting flowers for pollen, which helps pollinate the plants they visit. Look for them on wildflowers as well as garden flowers.