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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 ¬©

  Flower Longhorn Beetle  
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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.

Flower Longhorn Beetle Information

Category: Beetle
Common Name: Flower Longhorn Beetle
Scientific Name: Typocerus spp.

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: spp.

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: yellow, black
Additional Descriptors: banded, striped, line, spot, flying, bee

North American Territorial 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; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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