Location: North East of South Africa North of Swarziland
January 2, 2014 2:53 am
my niece has taken this picture of a beetle just east of Nelspruit near Marloth Park in South Africa, they would like to know what sort it is, can you help?
Signature: Ken Blackman
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle or Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae, and it is in the Root Borer subfamily Prioninae. We tried a web search of the subfamily in Swaziland and we were led to this sale on Ebay of a pair of Acanthophorus confinis that are shrink-wrapped, but they looked similar enough for us to try searching under that name. We next found a lovely image from Tanzania on Le Monde des Insectes, but the genus name was listed differently as Tithoes confinis. Wikipedia lists its range as including many countries in Africa, including neighboring Mozambique and South Africa, and we believe not listing Swaziland must be an oversight. We have a six year old posting of Tithoes confinis in our archives. We are guessing that the grub of this beetle might be edible.