Subject: Red and black symmetry
Location: PRETORIA , South Africa
December 8, 2012 5:14 pm
Good day,I’ve lived in Pretoria South Africa for 31 years and never have I seen such a curious little creature.Ive tried identifying it online with no success.Could you help? If you could maybe just give me a lead I could take it from there.I don’t know anything about bugs.I am however delighted to have found your web page. 🙂
Signature: Sergio

Longhorned Borer Beetle

Hi Sergio,
This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  We will post your photo and continue to try to find a species identification.

Possible Identification Courtesy of Karl
December 14, 2012
Hi Daniel and Sergio:
This may be an Orange Coffee Longhorn (Dirphya nigricornis). These are the only photos I could find that match the Sergio’s beetle. The same photos appear on various sites and give the same taxonomic name, but I am not completely convinced that the identification is correct. Given its distinctive appearance and the fact that it is supposed to be a pest on coffee plants, there is surprisingly little information to be found online. To make it more confusing, the species appears to have a number of generic synonyms (Dirphya, Leuconitocris, Nitakeris, Necydalis, Nitocris, and Oberea) and I can’t figure out with certainty what the currently valid name is. Regards. Karl

Thanks Karl.  You have been busy today.

Location: Africa

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