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Genus Monochamus - Sawyers

pine sawyer - Monochamus notatus Big bug with long antenae! - Monochamus notatus Whitespotted Sawyer habitat - Monochamus scutellatus Monochamus notatus - male Monochamus female - Monochamus - female Longhorn Beetle sp? - Monochamus Long horn beetle with eggs - Monochamus scutellatus White-Spotted Sawyer - Monochamus scutellatus - female
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)
8 spp. and 6 sspp. in the New World, all in our area(2), ~160 spp. total(3)
25 mm or larger
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.
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)
on conifers
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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