Subject: Mystery beetle in queensland
Location: Giru, queensland, oz
February 2, 2017 9:10 pm
Hi, I found lots of these little beetles (some mating too) on pumpkin and cucumber vines in the garden… not sure if they’re eating them, just trying to identify them but not getting anywhere! They’re fast movers, and good at scaling sides and tops of things, but got a pic of one. They’re 5-6mm. Thanks so much for your help!
We have tried searching both Checkered Beetles and Longhorn Beetles to ascertain the identity of your interesting individual. We then wrote to Eric Eaton and he made the identification for us.
Eric Eaton Provides Identification
I had to really dig, but I think I found it. Indeed it is a flat-faced longhorned beetle, family Cerambycidae, subfamily Lamiinae, and the genus Apomecyna, pretty sure:
I hope the above link works to get you the image I am looking at, which is essentially identical to the specimen in the images you e-mailed.
There are some really, REALLY weird longhorned beetles in Australia! Just do a Google image search and be blown away!
Have a great weekend.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Ed. Note: Eric’s link took us to the site. We found Apomecyna histrio on this Csiro page.