Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Long-horned Beetle (Elytrimitatrix undata)

What little information I could find on this beetle seems to indicate its larvae are found in dead wood, especially roots.

(Formerly Distenia undata)



Shelly Cox said...

Longhorn beetles are such neat beetles. Great picture.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

With those long horns it looks like you might find them in Texas. ha... Great picture Marvin.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Marvin. I thought it was only here that information was scarce? Most frustrating when you try to find some facts on them. :)

An interesting beetle though. Is his body length about an inch?

Marvin said...

Yes, Joan I'd say that the beetle's body was about an inch long, maybe slightly longer.

If an insect has no economic importance or doesn't catch the public's attention, it isn't apt to be studied. This long-horned beetle spends most of its life as a larva in decaying wood. Hence, no economic impact and no visibility.

Anonymous said...

I just put one of these in color on one of my blogs the other day. Spent a considerable time online looking for a picture to match mine and finally found it. They are neat insects. This one was on the petal of a purple cone flower.