LONGICORN BEETLE FACTS
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.
larvae bore into trees to feed. Attacks various species of eucalypt, acacia and casuarina trees.
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.
Phoracantha punctata is found in all states of Australia
|Common Name:||Longicorn Beetle|
Relatives in same Genus
Longicorn Beetle (P. obscura)
Eucalyptus Long-horned Borer (P. semipunctata)