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Dumpy Longhorn beetle

Tetradia lophoptera


scaly grey beetle with tufty brown "shoulders" about 15mm long


attracted to lights, savanna area erratically wet , hot summers, and dry, mild winters


the larvae of these beetles are tree borers. When I took the first photo the beetle flipped itself completely over onto its back (photo 2) in response to the flash. not completely sure about the species as the book suggests T. lophoptera should have white patches on either side of the pronotum which don't seem to be present in this specimen

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Limpopo, South Africa

Lat: -23.53, Long: 27.05

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 19, 2013

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