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Subject: what type of bug in south australia is this?
Location: South australia
December 16, 2013 3:39 am
Hey ive found this bug and trying to figure out what sort it is. is it dangerous? They keep arriving. Thanks Matt
Signature: Att Matt

Eucalyptus Borer

Eucalyptus Borer

Dear Att Matt,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and though the markings on the elytra or wing covers are not typical of what we are used to seeing, we believe it is a Eucalyptus Borer in the genus
Phoracantha.  We did find a photo posted to a Russian Coleoptera website that looks very similar to your individual.  We are quite familiar with the Eucalyptus Borer in Southern California because without any natural enemies, it is considered to be a significant pest to the eucalyptus trees that are so common in our area.

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2 Responses to Eucalyptus Borer from Australia

  1. Michael Muller says:

    Hi Mate, just doing a bit of research, one of these just bit my hand, fairly painful & burning sensation.
    This is exactly the one in the photo as shown.

    Is this bug dangerous, poisonous or harmful?

    Thanks MIke

    • bugman says:

      They are not poisonous, but the mandibles of Borer Beetles are quite strong. The bite of a large individual might draw blood.

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