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  • Flower Longhorn Beetle - (Typocerus spp.)

    Flower Longhorn Beetle - (Typocerus spp.)

    Bright yellow and bold black bands suggest warning, but this Flower Longhorn Beetle genus is harmless, even helpful, to people.

    Staff Writer (8/25/2017): 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.

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    Flower Longhorn Beetle

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

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Cerambycidae
           Genus: Typocerus
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 16mm (0.31in to 0.63in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, black

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

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

    * 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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