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Genus Oberea

Oberea perspicillata Haldeman - Oberea perspicillata Oberea delongi Knull - Oberea delongi Oberea affinis Oberea - Oberea ocellata Coleoptera - Oberea Elongated Beetle, black wings, red-orange thorax and head, long antennae - Oberea Oberea deficient - Oberea deficiens Oberea affinis - male
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 Phytoeciini
Genus Oberea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
treated by some workers in a tribe of its own (Obereiini) [e.g. in(1)]
Explanation of Names
Oberea Mulsant 1839
Numbers
18 spp. in the New World, all in the nominate subgenus and all in our area(2), ~300 spp. in 2 subgenera total(3)
Size
7-21 mm(4)
Identification
body long and slender; head, thorax, and abdomen all about same width, and elytra not tapered - giving an overall rod-shaped appearance to the body
northeastern spp. treated in detail in(4)
Range
2/3 of spp. in Eurasia; ~70, in Africa(3); in our area, e. NA west to the Rocky Mtns.(5)(6), except for the non-native O. erythrocephala established in the west(4)
Season
Apr-Sep(6)
Food
Larvae are live stem borers and feed mostly on hardwoods, but also some herbaceous plants(6)
Life Cycle
See(7)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the Oxypeltidae, Vesperidae, Disteniidae and Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of the Western Hemisphere
Bezark L.G., Monné M.A. 2013. 470 pp.
2.New World Cerambycidae Catalog
3.Roguet J.-P. (2013) Lamiaires du Monde (Coleoptera Cerambycidae Lamiinae)
4.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
5.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
6.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
7.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.