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Genus Typocerus

Banded Longhorns - mating - Typocerus velutinus Flower Longhorn Beetle - Typocerus velutinus Long-horned Beetle ID Request - Typocerus acuticauda Typocerus? - Typocerus confluens Beetle on Echinacea tennesseensis - Typocerus octonotatus pretty beetle - Typocerus Typocerus lunulatus - male - female Typocerus sinuatus - Typocerus
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 Lepturinae (Flower Longhorns)
Tribe Lepturini
Genus Typocerus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Typocerus LeConte 1850
Explanation of Names
Greek 'impression' + 'horn'(1)
15 spp. total, all in our area(2)
8-16 mm
A prominent genus of flower longhorns.
Many have a zebra-like or spotted pattern (Batesian mimicry of wasps?); several (velutinus, zebra, lunulatus) are distinctively marked and can be easily identified, but there is some variability (e.g., some T. velutinus are weakly marked). T. acuticauda and T. deceptus usually must be examined under magnification.
e. & c. NA (more diverse in se. US), one sp. in the Rockies, as follows:(2)(3)(4)(5)
T. acuticauda, T. velutinus e. NA
T. lugubris, T. octonotatus, T. zebra e. US & ON
T. lunulatus e. US (PA-MO to FL-TX)
T. sparsa QC-MB & Great Lakes area
T. confluens MB & c. US
T. deceptus PA-IN-FL
T. sinuatus s.-c. US
T. badius GA-FL
T. fulvocinctus FL
T. balteatus NT-AB-AZ
T. gloriosus CO-UT-NM-AZ
T. serraticornis ID-OR to CO-NV
larvae in rotting wood, often pines; T. octonotatus is borer of native grasses(3)
typically May-Aug, in south, Apr-Jul
See Also
Strangalia, Judolia, Strophiona, etc.