Banded Longhorn

Typocerus velutinus

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Banded longhorn beetle on a wild rose
The banded longhorn beetle (Typocerus velutinus) is in a group called flower longhorns. Note the rusty color, yellow bands, and black antennae. This is a common species.
Donna Brunet
Family

Cerambycidae (longhorned beetles) in the order Coleoptera (beetles)

Description

The banded longhorn is in a subfamily of longhorned beetles called flower longhorns, because the adults typically visit flowers for nectar.

The color pattern of this species is distinctive: a rusty background color, wide yellow bands, and black antennae.

This is a common species. Look for adult banded longhorns in fields and other open places where flowers are blooming, and also around lights at night. The larvae feed on decaying oak and hickory wood.

Learn more about this and other longhorned beetles on their family page.