Longicorn from South Africa: Monochamus spectabilis

Subject: South African Insect
Location: South Africa, Kwa Zulu Natal
December 25, 2013 11:52 am
Hi, please help me identify this bug! I can’t seem to find it on the web.
Signature: Claire Dunford

Longicorn:  Monochamus species
Longicorn: Monochamus spectabilis

Dear Claire,
This is a Longicorn or Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae.  When conditions are right, insects from the same species that are awaiting metamorphosis into the imago or adult form will emerge at roughly the same time in an entire region.  Just over a week ago, we posted a photo of a Longicorn from South Africa that was identified as
Monochamus spectabilis by Karl, and we believe your Longicorn is the same species.

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