Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 7:21 AM
Hi, photographed these bugs on a hike on June 28th near Tillman Ravine in the Stokes state forest, New Jersey. Not sure what they are, but they are definitely mating.
Thanks for your help, Steve
Stokes state forest, NJ.
These are mating Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae of the family Cerambycidae, the Longhorn Borer Beetles. We used BugGuide to identify them as Strangalia luteicornis, a species with no common name that is common and ranges in the Eastern North America. According to BugGuide: “Food Adults take nectar and/or pollen at flowers, are said to be especially fond of sumac.
Life Cycle Larvae feed on decaying wood of several deciduous trees and woody vines. Adults attracted to UV light. “