Subject: Beetle in Yosemite
Location: Yosemite National Forest,
July 19, 2017 5:18 pm
I was hiking up to sentinel dome when I noticed this beetle resting upon this grouping of small flowers. I cannot seem to to find this type of beetle on any identification chart.
Signature: I’m not sure what this means
This is a Flower Longhorn in the subfamily Lepturinae, but we have not been able to quickly identify the species. We are posting your submission as unidentified and we will continue to research this matter. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to comment and provide an identification.
Ed. Note: Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who identified Lepturobosca chrysocoma for us. According to BugGuide: “The very dense, appressed, metallic golden pubescence is distinctive” and “Larvae eat decaying wood, both hardwoods and conifers.”
2 thoughts on “Flower Longhorn: Lepturobosca chrysocoma”
I think it matches Lepturobosca chrysocoma, maybe even the same flowers here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1302974/bgimage
I was very lucky, it was in the thumbnails of Lepturinae in the main Cerambycidae page.
I posted really quickly yesterday because I had to leave extra early for work and I didn’t have time to research, but it was such a lovely image.