|Longhorn Beetle- Marvin Smith|
The first hit when searching the scientific name brought up a very interesting blog, Nature in the Ozarks. It is written in Arkansas by Marvin Smith. He blogs about his nature findings and gardening when he isn't carving up trees to make wooden spoons. I asked to use his picture as my specimen had passed on to the great weed patch in the sky.
Adult Longhorn Beetles (Family Cerambycidae) larvae bore into wood, some species actually killing live trees. The adults emerge from these tunnels to mate and leave eggs on the next available trees.
|Cottonwood Borer- okstate.edu|
Typocerus velutinus is one of the Flower Longhorn Beetles, insects that feed on pollen and nectar without disturbing the flowers. They seem especially fond of Queen Anne's Lace, a plant that was introduced to the US from Europe in what seemed like a good idea at the time. This is probably the beetle's equivalent of pizza and pasta.
|Queen Anne's Lace- Wikimedia|
The good news about the Longhorn Beetles is that they are harmless pollinators and contribute in their own way to the variety of colors in your garden.