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Ant-like Longhorn Beetle


Whichever color form is encountered, this beetle is a believable ant thanks to its looks and its mannerisms.


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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Cyrtophorus
Species: verrucosus
The Ant-like Longhorn Beetle has a body and head shaped like an ant. Its coloring is dark at the head and rear end, while the middle of the body is a reddish-brown. This gives the beetle the appearance of a three part body, but a closer look reveals no constriction at the waist or knobby bumps that are part of ant physiology. Such coloring is enough to overlook the long antennae and dismiss the insect as an ant, but to complete the ruse, it wanders all over flowers and plants much like a scouting ant would. Since it is a beetle, the Ant-like Longhorn can fly to other flowers, something ants generally cannot do (an exception would be an alate, or reproductive form, of an ant).

Look for this type of beetle among flowers. Adults drink nectar and eat pollen. Larvae feed on dead, rotting wood, so adults can also be found in woodlands and on their edges.

The Ant-like Longhorn Beetle is typically 0.2 inches to 0.4 inches (7mm to 11mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: black; red; white; fast; ant; multicolored; antennae; white lines; diagonal; big wide head; shoulder bumps; flying.

Color Identification Guide



Various colors commonly associated with this beetle.

Red
White
Black

Beetle Anatomy



Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)


The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Ant-like Longhorn Beetle may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species 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.
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