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Turquoise Longhorn beetle

Unread postby Kreetja » Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:07 pm

Hi

i came across this site while tryin to ID some goggas i've found... it would be great if someone here can help as google definitely has its limitations when searching for things... (when i said green caterpillar i didn't mean earthmoving equipment)... :?

i'll make this the last one for now... i still need to photograph the "green caterpillar" so i'll add that once i have... this one though is quite a cool looking beetle... about 2cm long (i think)...
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:30 pm

Hi Kreetja

Beautiful creatures you saw! Insects are some of the most intricate, colorful and interesting organism in nature.

That is the Turquoise Longhorn beetle. Larvae live inside wood and is seen as an agricultural pest. Adults feed on pollen, nectar, leaves and wood (see the mean jaws?).
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Insect: Longhorn beetle

Unread postby JenB » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:30 pm

Can anyone please tell me what on Earth type of gogga is this? 8)
Seen at Crocodile Bridge.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:02 pm

JenB, yours is the Giant Longhorn (Tithoes confinis). This is a nocturnal species, often attracted to lights. The adults feed on flowers and nectar, and hides under bark or in logs during the day.

The larvae burrow in to wood, and can cause severe damage to trees, often toppling huge trees by weakening the stem.
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Insect: Longhorn beetle

Unread postby kesheshe » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:37 am

Hi

Was doing a trip report and was advised to post insects here as i would have a better chance of someone advising what they are.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:43 am

Hi Kesheshe,
I finally got an answer on your mystery Beetle, it is from the Cerambycidae family. I think I even have a genus for you: Phantasis. I can't tell for sure but I think it is P.carinata or P. gigantea. My entemologist friends said it was a great find!
Here is a cool link with pictures: http://www.beetlesofafrica.com/cat_select.asp?famcat=Cerambycidae1 Long Horns.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:03 am

Can anyone help with an ID for this insect? Seen along Darling Hills Road, 17 November 2012.

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:47 pm

Sorry Arks, can't help with this one. I have found a few that look similar, but they have short antennae, or have color on the head. Looks like a Blister Bug, but the antennae are way too long.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby RosemaryH » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:58 pm

Or one of the Longhorn Beetles perhaps normana53? I found one similar - Ceroplesis capensis but not 100% sure. Red markings seem different.
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby arks » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:14 pm

Thanks norman and Rosemary! When I googled Ceroplesis capensis, I found several that look quite like this one. Seems quite a bit of variety in the red markings :?
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby normana53 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:42 am

It does look like the photo of a Rooibos Longhorn Beetle http://www.ispot.org.za/node/150791 that was taken at a small reserve near CapeTown. The markings don't match my books, but do match the photo on Google, so I would say that you found the identity yourself! :clap:
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