Subject: Found long ago
Location: Not sure. Texas?
December 31, 2015 10:39 am
Found this bug in a box, saveso by me as a child. Long antennae orange, but black at eaxh segment. Longhorn beetle of some kind? Elytra is purplish-black, somewhat iridescent. Six legs, orange, black at the joint segments. Orange thorax with two spots, like false eyes.
We are still catching up on old submissions from our two week holiday hiatus. It is very exciting that you found this old specimen in a childhood collection box. We were so thrilled to be able to identify your Longhorned Borer Beetle as a Red Headed Beauty, Stenaspis verticalis insignis, on BugGuide after being let to it by the Longhorn Beetles of Texas site. It is also pictured on Cerambycidae Catalog Search.
Thank you! I knew I had a Longhorn but had trouble from there! It’s a beauty.