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Species Desmocerus palliatus - Elderberry Borer

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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 Lepturinae (Flower Longhorn Beetles)
Tribe Desmocerini
Genus Desmocerus (Elderberry Longhorn Beetles)
Species palliatus (Elderberry Borer)
Other Common Names
Elder Borer (1), Elderberry longhorn
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Desmocerus palliatus (Forster)
Orig. Comb: Cerambyx palliatus Forster 1771
Explanation of Names
palliatus (L). 'cloaked' (2)
18-26 mm (3)
Large, dark blue and shining, base (front) of elytra yellow or reddish-yellow. Three ridges on each elytron. Antennal segments have enlarged tips.
e US, Ont. (1)
Uncommon (4)
swampy areas and edges of streams with host plant
April-August (4)
Larvae feed in living roots of black elderberry, Sambucus nigra. (4)
Adults feed on pollen, found on flowers, especially those of elderberry, (5).
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on stems, near base of plant. Larvae burrow into stems and then tunnel down to feed on living roots (5) (3)

Larval period lasts 2-3 years.(6)
Beetle was on a US stamp
is probably a model for
Print References
Dillon, p. 623, plate 62 (5)
Yanega, p. 28, fig. 221 (3)
Arnett et al. p. 302, fig. 707 (7)
Papp, p. 223, fig. 743 (8)
Brimley, p. 214, lists from mountains and upper Piedmont of North Carolina, April-August (9)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Guide to insect borers in North American broadleaf trees and shrubs
Solomon, J.D. 1995. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook. 735 pp.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
4.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
5.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
6.Eastern Forest Insects
Whiteford L. Baker. 1972. U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service.
7.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
8.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
9.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.