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Genus Monochamus - Sawyers

Northeastern Pine Sawyer - Monochamus notatus Big longhorn larva under pine bark - Monochamus Big longhorn larva under pine bark - Monochamus eastern pine sawyer? - Monochamus scutellatus - female Large, dark cerambycid - Monochamus scutellatus Northeastern Pine Sawyer - Monochamus notatus - female Which Insect? - Monochamus notatus Whitespotted Sawyer? - Monochamus scutellatus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-Faced Longhorns)
Tribe Monochamini
Genus Monochamus (Sawyers)
Explanation of Names
Monochamus Dejean 1821
Greek mono 'one/single' + chamus 'rein/bridle'(1)
Numbers
8 spp. and 6 sspp. in the New World, all in our area(2), ~160 spp. total(3)
Size
25 mm or larger
Identification
Either black or mottled gray. First antennal segment has a scar-like area near the tip. Antennae of the male is twice as long as the body, about as long as the body in females.
Range
most diverse in Africa (over half of the spp. and all the 15 subgenera); outside Africa, only the nominate subgenus is represented: 65 spp. in Eurasia & 14 in NA(3)
Food
on conifers
Remarks
Some species are carriers of the pinewood nematode, responsible for pine wilt
M. alternatus (Japanese Pine Sawyer) of east Asian origin has been intercepted in wood crating in w.NY
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