Monday, March 14, 2011

Longhorned Beetle (Stenosphenus notatus)



Longhorned Beetle
(Stenosphenus notatus)

Identification: Combination of red pronotum with black spot and shiny black elytra with white hairs is distinctive.

Range: Eastern North America, west to Rocky Mountains.

Habitat and Food: Larvae feed in dead limbs of various hickories. Found in decidious forest with these host species.

Remarks: Most wood boring beetles overwinter as larvae. When warmer spring weather arrives, they develop into adult beetles and emerge in the late spring or early summer. S. notatus is different. Adult beetles develop in the fall, but overwinter inside the wood, finally emerging in the very early spring. (Source:  Ted MacRae @ Beetles in the Bush)  This particular beetle had actually not yet emerged. I found it inside a piece of hickory I split for firewood.



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4 comments:

Pat - Arkansas said...

As interesting as I found the beetle and information thereon, I am fascinated by the wood in the background.

texwisgirl said...

Oh, he is SO hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock - wondering "What the...?" Like Punxatawny Phil - rudely awakened and pulled out of his hiding place into the light...

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

His tones match that of the hickory! Great shot.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have drawn and posted about a similiar beetle that is here. They are odd looking with those big long horns. Great shot.