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Long Horn Beetle

Semanotus australis

Description:

A black Long Horn Beetle with an orange-red band across the upper 1/3 of the elytra. It was also covered lightly with long setae. About 1.8 cm long. I put her in a container with a pine twig and two weeks later she had striped off a section of bark with her mandibles and made two holes in the wood - I suppose to place eggs inside. Family Cerambycidae, SubFamily Cerambycinae, Tribe Callidiini, Semanotus australis Giesbert 1993.

Habitat:

I have never seen this species before, she landed on the shirt of the person next to me in a restaurant close to a carpentry shop. They were working with several kinds of wood: including pine, cypress, oak and Huanacaxtle (Enterolobium cyclocarpum). It could have emerged from any of those wood types.

Notes:

The type and paratypes of this species are from Guatemala (New Progreso) (see reference) and I'm not sure if it has been reported from Mexico yet.

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LaurenZarate
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LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Apr 18, 2017
Submitted on Jun 21, 2017

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