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Flower Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus spp.)


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



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



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.



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: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Typocerus spp.
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 16mm (0.31" to 0.62")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, black
Descriptors: banded, striped, line, spot, flying, bee
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 8mm and 16mm
Lo: 8mm
Md: 12mm
Hi: 16mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Flower 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 Flower Longhorn Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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