Subject: Green Longhorn Beetle from Barbados
Location: Barbados, Caribbean
April 21, 2014 9:50 pm
Hi, This green longhorn beetle (looks like Chlorida festiva) flew into my room to get its picture taken last night. First time I’m seeing one of these and it was about 4cm (body) long. I also noticed what looks to be mites on its ‘neck’ area, can you confirm this? Thought it would be a nice addition to your collection.
We agree that you have correctly identified your Longicorn as Chlorida festiva, but in searching for an image online for a link, we stumbled upon this Superstock image of Chlorida festiva with Phoretic Mites identified as Histiogaster arborsignis. Phoretic Mites do not prey upon the Longicorns, but rather use them to move from location to location. Back to the Longicorn, according to American Insects: “Linnaeus described this large and striking species in 1758. It can be found in the West Indies, and from Mexico south to Argentina.” Your images are gorgeous.