The Notch-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle splits time between woods and gardens, using both landscapes during its life.
The Notch-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle has long antennae, which is why it is a member of the Longhorn Beetle family. This species feeds on pollen and possibly also nectar from a variety of flowers. They have a wide shoulder area near the neck, and its body becomes narrower towards the tip of the abdomen. The yellow and black elytra (wing coverings) have a dimpled texture and are notched at their ends. Legs are reddish-orange.
Adults are often seen taking nectar in gardens, meadows, and wood in summer and are active until late fall. Though they share bee and wasp coloring, the Notch-Tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle is unrelated and does not sting. Larvae from this species of beetle bore deep into decayed wood and remain there over winter.
Scientific Name: Typocerus sinuatus
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 14mm (0.35in to 0.55in)
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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.