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Banded Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus velutinus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Banded Longhorn Beetle



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The red and yellow Banded Longhorn Beetle likes visiting flowers, but it really digs trees.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Banded Longhorn Beetles are members of Cerambycidae, so they have extremely long antennae (horns) like their other relatives. Their bodies are colored in alternating bands of red and yellow. The head and pronotum are black. A thin band of yellow separates the pronotum from the head and abdomen. They are wider at the 'shoulders' and taper at the tip of the abdomen. Antennae are black and segmented. Legs are yellow with black 'feet'.

They are often found on flowers, eating the pollen of a variety of species though they seem to favor parsley, carrot and celery flowers. Look for them in herb, vegetable, and flower gardens. Adult beetles can also be found on hardwood trees. Eggs are laid on dead or decaying trees where larvae hatch and begin boring into the wood. Look for larval frass, a mix of feces and sawdust, on the trunk or near the base of the tree. It is produced as a larva digs and is expelled as the tunneling deepens. This species' larvae seem to prefer birch, sumac and goldenrod. Examine fallen trees and rotting logs in mixed wood forests for signs of the Banded Longhorn Beetle.




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: Typocerus
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            Species: velutinus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Typocerus velutinus
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 16mm (0.31" to 0.62")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: red, yellow, black
Descriptors: band, stripe, flying, skinny, long antennae, furry, velvet
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 8mm (0.3in) and 16mm (0.6in)
Lo: 8mm
Md: 12mm
Hi: 16mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Banded 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 Banded Longhorn Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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