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  Longicorn Beetle (Phoracantha punctata)





Longicorn Beetle | Phoracantha punctata photo
Phoracantha punctata

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LONGICORN BEETLE FACTS

Identification
Phoracantha punctata is a species of longicorn beetle that grows to about 2.5 cm long. The head and thorax is dark brown and wing covers are dark brown with two pale patches on each wing, with a smaller one nearer the front and a larger one nearer the rear. The antennae are segmented and long (a bit longer than the body). The legs are brown. This species bores into a variety of species of eucalypt, acacia and casuarina trees.

Size
2.5 cm

Habitat
forest, woodland

Food
larvae bore into trees to feed. Attacks various species of eucalypt, acacia and casuarina trees.

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 punctata is found in all states of Australia



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

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