Mango Stem Borer from India

Subject:  Identify this bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Kerala, India
Date: 01/12/2019
Time: 12:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
Can you please help identify this bug.
My daughter found this and wanted to know what it was. I’m guess it is some kind of locust.Can you please confirm?
Thanks in Advance
How you want your letter signed:  Rijil

Mango Stem Borer

Dear Rijil,
This is not a locust.  It is a Mango Stem Borer, a Beetle in the Longhorned Borer family Cerambycidae.  The species is native to India, and according to Plant Pests of the Middle East, host plants include:  “Fig, mango, apple and about 50 other plant species.”  It is our understanding that guava is another host.  The Mango Stem Borer is a significant pest in the agricultural industry.   

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