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Wasp-like Longicorn Beetle

Hesthesis ferruginea

Description:

Body length Approx. 25mm long

Habitat:

Open woodland

Notes:

This Longicorn Beetle mimics a wasp (Eumeninae ) to gain protection. To mimic a wasp, it has the very short elytra (wing cover). There are the orange-yellow bands on its abdomen.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Wasp-like Longicorn Beetle
Hesthesis ferruginea Wasp-like Longicorn Beetle II - Hesthesis ferruginea


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8 Comments

injica
injica 8 years ago

that's called perfect mimicry!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Added information

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

I had obviously a problem with the antennae description, see my comment below...
OK, once again: Both, flies and wasps have shorter antennae than yours, but the ones from wasps are longer than the ones from flies (do flies actually have antennae?), and longhorn beetles have much longer antennae than flies and wasps, sometimes size matters... ;-)...

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Thanks Argy & Andrea

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Added ID, thanks Bayucca

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Great spotting Mac! What a find!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic mimic MacC. Great find. What a beetle!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Cerambycidae!! Naughty guy to ID ;-)...
For a fly the antennae are too short, for a wasp they are still to short, so it must be a longhorn beetle mimic a wasp!! Cool spotting!

MacChristiansen
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MacChristiansen

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Apr 15, 2013
Submitted on Apr 15, 2013

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