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  Longicorn Beetle (Phoracantha obscura)





Longicorn Beetle | Phoracantha obscura photo
Phoracantha obscura, Longicorn Beetle

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LONGICORN BEETLE FACTS

Identification
Phoracantha obscura is a brown longicorn beetle that grows to about 3 cm long. The head and thorax is dark brown and wing covers are dark brown with two small narrow yellowish patches. Some beetles are reddish brown in colour. The antennae are very long (longer than the body) and segmented. The legs are brown.

Size
3 cm

Habitat
forest, woodland

Food
larvae bore into trees to feed and complete their life cycle

Breeding
The female lays eggs in bark or under loose bark. The larvae bore into the tree forming tunnels. The larvae pupate inside the tree and emerge by chewing their way out forming an exit hole.

Range
Phoracantha obscura is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Cerambycidae
Genus:Phoracantha
Species:obscura
Common Name:Longicorn Beetle

Relatives in same Genus
  Longicorn Beetle (P. punctata)
  Eucalyptus Long-horned Borer (P. semipunctata)