Banded longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Typocerus velutinus) are common and sometimes abundant insects found throughout eastern North America. While larvae are inconspicuous and feed within decaying hardwood trees, adults are easy to spot as they feed on flowers.
Adult beetles are typically encountered on a wide variety of flowering plants throughout the spring and summer. These large, colorful insects can reach over a half inch in length (14 mm), making them easy to see as they devour pollen and nectar. The individuals shown here were busy filling their bellies with the pollen of a wild rose (Rosa sp., Rosaceae).