another unknown longhorn not on wtb!
Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM
I found this little guy in our pool on Friday, and have found several others since then. I haven’t seen these before, and I have no idea what kind of longhorn they are. I searched through all your longhorn pages and couldn’t find them. They are about 1 ½ inches long, and are light grey with two light brown marks on their wings. They were found in central Oklahoma. I appreciate any help you can provide.
We want to format all three of your photos for posting and we don’t recognize your Longhorn Borer Beetle. We hope Eric Eaton or another reader can supply an answer that may take us considerable time to research, so we are posting it as unidentified.
As with many male Longhorn Borer Beetles or Longicorns, your specimen displays some mighty impressive antennae. The photo of your beetle about to take flight nicely illustrates how the hardened elytra are positioned when the soft flying wings are needed.
Update: Hi, Daniel:
The lovely longhorned beetle is a male “banded hickory borer,” Knulliana cincta. We actually have a subspecies of that beetle emerging in Arizona right now! I didn’t know they came out this early. I got some in Missouri when I lived there, but seem to recall it was later in the year….They are not a destructive species.