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Ant-like Longhorn Beetle (Cyrtophorus verrucosus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Ant-like Longhorn Beetle

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This distinctively marked beetle comes in two forms, which, combined with its behavior, make for a convincing ant.

Updated: 01/02/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This small beetle is often found on flowers in spring where it feeds on nectar and pollen from the blooms. Its long antennae are one of the few giveaways that this is not an ant. Most of its other features lead insects and animals to think otherwise. The small size is typical of a larger ant. The head size and shape also resembles that of larger, solider ants. Like ants, it walks all over flowers, but unlike them, this beetle can fly. Its movement copies that of a fast-moving ant, and both of its color forms (black or red) are commonly seen among ant species. A white pattern on the elytra (wing coverings) is the same on both versions. It looks like an upside-down V sitting on a white triangle. Another unique feature are the knob-like bumps sitting on each 'shoulder', almost like warts.

The larvae, or grubs, for this species feed on dead wood, so they pose no threat to forests and living trees. They can be found feeding on all sorts of dead hardwood trees like maple, pine, plum, oak, dogwood, elm, and redbud. Adults are found in the spring, as early as flowers can bloom, in forests and their neighboring habitats.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Coleoptera
        Family: Cerambycidae
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          Genus: Cyrtophorus
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            Species: verrucosus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Cyrtophorus verrucosus
Other Name(s): Ant-mimic Longhorn Beetle
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 7mm to 11mm (0.27" to 0.43")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; red; white
Descriptors: fast; ant; multicolored; antennae; white lines; diagonal; big wide head; shoulder bumps; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 7mm (0.3in) and 11mm (0.4in)
Lo: 7mm
Md: 9mm
Hi: 11mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Ant-like Longhorn Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Ant-like Longhorn Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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