Unknown Bug – New Zealand
Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 2:17 AM
Caught this bug inside today. Never seen one before and want to know what it is.
I haven’t measured it, but I would guess about 20mm long.
The photos aren’t the best (especially #3), but hopefully good enough.
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
The best we can do at the moment is to provide the family name, Cerambycidae, for your unknown orange Longicorn Beetle. Perhaps we will have better luck in a future identify search, or perhaps a reader will provide us with a more exact identification.
Update: Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:52 PM
I have had a reply from NZ Ministry of Agriculture Biosecurity people…..
The beetle is a native longhorn, Xuthodes punctipennis (Coleoptera:
Cerambycidae). The larvae feed in dead wood of native trees and has
recently been found breeding in Eucalyptus & Acacia. The adults are
attracted to light and found on flowers in the evening.