Random Insect: Flower longhorn beetle

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Flower longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Strangalia luteicornis) photographed 07/13/2014 at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio.

Although superficially similar to other flower longhorn beetles, the species shown here (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Strangalia luteicornis) has a rather unique appearance. It has a more slender body than other species in its subfamily, as well as a thorax that is longitudinally striped with yellow and black. Like many of its relatives it’s rather common in deciduous woodlands throughout eastern North America. Larvae feed on the decaying wood of hardwood trees, but adults feed on pollen and nectar from a variety of wildflowers. This individual was feeding on a wild rose (Rosa sp., Rosaceae) before I disturbed it.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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