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Subject: Beautiful bug!
Location: Marau, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
October 3, 2012 10:15 pm
Hi, I live in the south of Brazil and as you can imagine, it’s a country full of magnificent species that one may not see in a whole life time!
I found this bug (well, my cat found it) and I wanted to know its name! I’m very curious!
Signature: Mariana

Longhorned Borer Beetle: Unxia species

Hi Mariana,
It didn’t take us long to identify your Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae as
Compsocerus violaceus thanks to a photo posted on the FlickR Museum of Life webpage.  We verified that ID on TrekNature as well as on the Worldwide Cerambycidae Photo Gallery.

Correction:  December 14, 2016
Thanks to a correction from Cerambycid expert Doug Yanega, we now know that this is a member of the genus
Unxia, which is pictured on Cerabycidae Catalog Search.

Subject: Root Borer
Location: San Marcos, CA
September 27, 2012 1:52 am
From what i gathered from your site, this appears to be a Broad Necked Root Borer? I guess that would make sense since it crawled out of my lawn. Have to say its strength was impressive as it powered its way back into my thick tall fescue.
Signature: redfive

California Prionus

Hi redfive,
The Broadnecked Root Borer is an eastern species.  This is a California relative, the California Prionus, and it is a male judging by his impressive antennae.  It is a little late in the season for a sighting, so we are speculating that this image is from your archive.

Yes, this is from my archive, but still not too long ago. August 7 of this year to be exact.  Thanks and I’ve enjoyed your website for awhile. Keep up the great work!

Subject: Old Bug Illustration
Location: Unknown
September 26, 2012 4:58 am
It’s an old illustration by this gentleman named E.A. Seguy but its name is no where to be found!
Please help! Thanks so much!
Signature: Wai, from Singapore

Drawing of a Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Wai,
This drawing represents a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We cannot provide the species without a location, though an expert in the family might be able to provide more specifics.  Pure Green Magazine has this to say about E. A. Seguy:  “Rather than classify species, the illustrator E. A. Seguy sought to celebrate selected exotic creatures in which he found artistic inspiration. Imaginatively employing floral and zoological motifs, Seguy’s early designs are wonderful examples of the art nouveau style, which swept through Europe in the decades around the turn of the century.” reports:  “Numerous artists and designers throughout history have drawn inspiration for their creations directly from the unparalleled diversity and beauty present in nature. E.A. Seguy was one such designer who was prolific from the turn of the century through the 1930′s. He produced eleven albums of illustrations and patterns of which Papillons and Insectes were dedicated to insect subjects. E.A. Seguy was a masterful decorative artist who spanned the art eras of Art Nouveau through Art Deco. His graphic technique was achieved through hand coloring prints through numerous plate stencils.”

Thank you so much for your response! Much appreciated!
have a great day,

Subject: South Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
September 22, 2012 12:42 pm
Hello Bigman
Sadly it’s hard getting nice and close with a mobile phone camera to most little bugs.. this one didn’t seem to mind:-) Crawled slowly around a tree for a while.. then was gone. Never seen this one before on my garden:-) black one. …
Signature: rob

Longicorn: Ceroplesis militaris

Dear Rob,
This beautiful, black Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae looks the same as one we identified as
Ceroplesis militaris last year in November.  You can find our research on the previous posting.

Subject: Zebra Stripped Bug
Location: Pacific Northwest, Port Angeles, WA
September 8, 2012 10:36 am
I found this beautiful guy resting on a shovel handle in my yard. He caught my eye as I walked by, due to his size and color. He seemed to be very docile as we moved the shovel around to get a good shot. Nothing seemed to disturb him much. The only movement, a little twitching of his long feelers, which went from completely horizontal to a little arched (as shown in photos). You will be able to determine the size of my friend, while in one of the photos I am holding a quarter next to him. Thanks for what help you can give me.
Signature: Susan

Banded Alder Borer

Dear Susan,
Because of its beautiful shape, elegant antennae and bold, achromatic markings, our editorial staff finds the Banded Alder Borer,
Roslalia funebris, to be the most beautiful North American Beetle.  Your photo really does it justice.  The Banded Alder Borer is a western species and in California it is also called the California Laurel Borer.

Subject: Brown/black beetle with yellow/gold markings
Location: Pennsylvania
August 29, 2012 12:00 am
Took this picture in mid August in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River. (Beach Lake) I was struck by how the markings were so precisely ”drawn.” To my eye they appeared gold, though in the picture they seem more yellow.
I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at images online and while it seems similar to a number of long horned borer beetles, the segmentation of its body seems different, and I’ve not seen one marked with this pattern.
I’m sorry there is nothing in the pic that serves to reference its size, but I believe the body was approximately 1.5 inches long.
I would love to know what it might be. Many thanks.
Signature: Laura

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Laura,
This Longhorned Borer Beetle (congratulations on getting the family correct) does not have a common name.  In our opinion, it is
Neoclytus scutellaris, based on photos posted to BugGuide which states:  “Larvae feed in sapwood of (dead?) oaks, hickories, also grape.”