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Genus Oncideres - Twig Girdling Beetles

Mesquite Girdler - Oncideres rhodosticta Huisache Girdler - Oncideres pustulata Huisache Girdlers?   - Oncideres pustulata Oncideres rhodosticta? - Oncideres rhodosticta - female Oncideres? - Oncideres quercus Oncideres rhrodosticta  ? - Oncideres rhodosticta Oncideres pustulata Girdled mesquite branch - Oncideres rhodosticta
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorn Beetles)
Tribe Onciderini
Genus Oncideres (Twig Girdling Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Oncideres Serville 1835
4 spp. in our area, >120 total(1)
e. US to Argentina; in our area, O. cingulata cingulata in e. US + 3 spp. & 1 ssp. in sw. US (TX-AZ)(1)
hosts include plants of 35 families(2)
Life Cycle
Females deposit eggs in previously girdled twigs or small branches. These girdled section soon die and fall to the ground. The larvae feed in the fallen twigs until the middle of summer, loosely filling their mines with frass. Pupation occur in a cell formed by walling off a portion of the mine. Adults appear in late summer or early fall.(3)

One generation per year in the south; many larvae don't pupate until the 2nd year in the north.(3)