The Long-Horned Beetle Insect A male harlequin beetle, Acrocinus longimanus, guards an egg-laying female. This giant species can be found from Mexico to Argentina. Long-Horned Beetles Insect Its large body can measure up to 7 inches (18 cm) long.
- Common name: Long-horned beetles
- Family: Cerambycidae
- Suborder: Polyphaga
- Order: Coleoptera
- Class/subphylum: Insecta/Hexapoda
- Number of species: About 35,000 (about 1,250 U.S.)
- Size: From about 0.2 in (5 mm) to about 8 in (20 cm)
Key features: Variously colored, often brown or black: many black with yellow bands or stripes, some brightly colored, sometimes metallic; antennae normally at least half the length of the body, frequently at least as long as the body and sometimes much longer; antennae generally threadlike, sometimes feathery; eyes usually with a distinct notch; body long and fairly narrow
Habits: Many adults active in daytime and found on flowers in bright sunshine; others nocturnal; many nocturnal species are well camouflaged while resting on tree trunks during the day; larvae mostly bore i wood
Breeding: Mating often takes place on flowers or diseased trees courtship usually absent, females may treat males roughly, biting off antennae, males spend long periods “riding” on females until they lay their eggs; eggs usually laid in dead or living trees, sometimes with elaborate preparations by female, such as the “girdling” of living twigs
Diet: Adults feed mainly on pollen; some prefer sap or feed on fruit, fungi, or leaves, while others do not feed at all larvae eat wood or roots Habitat: Mainly forests; also in grasslands, swamps, deserts, and gardens
Distribution: Worldwide, but commonest in the tropics.
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