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Thin Beetle

Flower Longhorn

Thin Beetle
Location: Massachusetts
July 2, 2011 2:46 pm
There have been lots of these beetles on my dad’s rose bushes, but they don’t appear to be doing any harm to the roses. If you get close to them or disturb the plant they are on, they will fly away quickly.
Signature: Denny P

Flower Longhorn

Hi Denny,
This is one of the Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae.  We browsed through the pages of BugGuide and we believe we have correctly identified your beetle as
Strangalia famelica.  BugGuide notes:  “famelica is Latin for ‘famished, starved’, likely referring to the attenuated abdomen.”  There are two subspecies and Strangalia famelica famelica can be found east of the Appalachian Mountains.  Flower Longhorns feed on nectar and pollen and they do not harm the flowers as your email has indicated.

Flower Longhorn

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Massachusetts

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