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Banded Longhorn Beetle

The Banded Longhorn beetle a named as such due to their horn-like antennae that are noticeably long.

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Typocerus
Species: velutinus
A Longhorn beetle has long antennae. The Banded Longhorn has black antennae that are almost as long as the beetle's body. A round pronotum below the head has short black hairs that have a yellow ring by the head and another by the wings. The wing coverings are a reddish-brown with four yellow bands crossing them. They are tapered, becoming narrow near the rear end. Legs are yellow-orange and have black 'feet'. Though the overall shape is slender and beetle-like, the coloring is similar to that of certain wasps, so it may be mistaken for a bee or wasp at first glance.

This species is often found visiting flowers for nectar and are frequently seen in gardens. They also use dying hardwood trees like birch and sumac for laying eggs. ©BeetleIdentification.org

The Banded Longhorn Beetle is typically 0.3 inches to 0.6 inches (8mm to 16mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: yellow; brown; black; pattern; striped; antenna; long; six legged; flying; wings; winged; fuzzy; furry; velvet-like; banded.

Color Identification Guide

Various colors commonly associated with this beetle.


Beetle Anatomy

Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)

The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Banded 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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