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Long Horn Beetle


Photo by Steve Sharp


COMMON NAMES: Ponderous Borer; Bumelia Borer, Long-horn Beetle, Red-headed beauty


FAMILY: Order Coleoptera, Family Cerambycidae


SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Stenaspis verticalis insignis, Plinthocoelium suaveolens


SIZE: Adult 1 ½ inch and larger.


Photo by Steve Sharp


IDENTIFICATION: Long thread-like antennae, red head and thorax, metallic black-green abdomen.


BIOLOGY: Complete metamorphosis.


Photo by Steve Sharp


HABITAT: Larvae feed in fallen trees and cut logs, mostly pine and fir.


FEEDING HABITS: Adults feed on pollen, nectar, leaves, sap and fungi.


ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE: Larvae damage cut lumber and telephone poles. However, they are beneficial in a natural forest to help fallen trees decay.




Photo by Kim Blythe


ORGANIC CONTROL: Not considered damaging enough to warrant control.


INSIGHT: Popular with collectors. Normally big, beautiful creatures such as this are here to add beauty and fascination to nature and are of little trouble to man.





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