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
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.