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Genus Strangalia

Flower Longhorn Beetle - Strangalia famelica - male Cerambycid on rose - Strangalia luteicornis Flower Longhorns - Strangalia luteicornis Strangalia famelica  ? - Strangalia famelica - male Pollinating Beetle (Strangalia luteicornis?) - Strangalia famelica Strangalia acuminata Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn Beetle  - Strangalia famelica
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 Lepturinae (Flower Longhorns)
Tribe Lepturini
Genus Strangalia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Strangalia Serville 1835
Explanation of Names
Greek straggalia (στραγγαλια) 'strangled' (reference needed). Blatchley (1) gives the meaning as "a rope or halter". A search of The Perseus Project gives a definition for στραγγαλια' of "induration [hardened spot] in the limbs". At any rate, the name appears to refer to the attenuated abdomen characteristic of this genus, which is "strangled" compared to that of related genera.
Numbers
10 spp. in our area, 76 spp. in the New World(2), at least a dozen in Eurasia
Identification
Some resemble Typocerus species, and often found with them on flowers. Abdomen (and elytra) of Strangalia is much more tapered towards tip. "The very slender form, with elytra tapering greatly from base to tips will serve to separate the members of this genus. In our species the last ventral segment of the male is strongly excavated and the sixth and following antennal joints have small oval, depressed poriferous spaces near the tips. Thorax bell-shaped, much narrowed in front, hind angles prominent, acute, base binsinuate.... They occur especially on the flowers of wild rose, wild hydrangea and other summer blooming plants."(1)
Range
in the New World, across NA (mostly eastern) to Argentina(2); also in Eurasia
Season
Summer
Food
Larvae in rotting wood, adults on flowers