Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer from Australia

Beetle found in friends work in melbourne australia
Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 3:14 AM
Hello my friend found this bettle / bug in his car dealership in melbourne australia & we cant seem to work out what type it is. It is approx 6cm in length. I really cant give you 2 much more info then that but would really love to find out.  thank you
B. Marshall
essedon, melbourne Australia

Eucalyptus Longhorn Borer
Eucalyptus Longhorn Borer

Dear B,
This is one of two closely related species commonly called the Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer or Eucalyptus Tree Borer, either Phoracantha semipunctata or Phoracantha recurva.  Both species which are native to Australia have also been introduced to southern California where there are numerous cultivated eucalyptus trees.

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