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Notch-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle (Typocerus sinuatus)

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

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The Notch-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle splits time between woods and gardens, using both landscapes during its life.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.©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: Typocerus
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            Species: sinuatus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Typocerus sinuatus
Category: Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 14mm (0.35" to 0.55")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; yellow; brown; tan
Descriptors: shoulders; flying; banding

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 9mm (0.4in) and 14mm (0.6in)
Lo: 9mm
Md: 11.5mm
Hi: 14mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Notch-tipped 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 Notch-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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