Plant-Insect Interaction: Banded longhorn beetles on a wild rose

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Banded longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Typocerus velutinus) on a wild rose (Rosa sp., Rosaceae). Photographed 07/13/2014 at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio.

Banded longhorn beetles (ColeopteraCerambycidaeTypocerus 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.

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Banded longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Typocerus velutinus) on a wild rose (Rosa sp., Rosaceae). Photographed 07/13/2014 at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio.

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).

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Banded longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Typocerus velutinus) on a wild rose (Rosa sp., Rosaceae). Photographed 07/13/2014 at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio.

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About Jeremy Sell

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