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Species Stenelytrana gigas

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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 Stenelytrana
Species gigas (Stenelytrana gigas)
Explanation of Names
Stenelytrana gigas (LeConte 1873)
gigas = 'giant'
Identification
large, metallic blue-black body with bright orange elytra
Range
NM-TX (BG data)
"from the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the Nueces River drainage system running north to south-central or southwestern Oklahoma and extending west to the Davis Mts, Cochise Mts and quite likely into the mountains of southern New Mexico (above 5000 ft)" (Dan Heffern, pers.comm. to =v=, 31.v.2014)
Habitat
"Adults are extremely attracted to sugary baits placed near mature forests of oak, willow or hackberry." (Dan Heffern, pers.comm. to =v=, 31.v.2014)
Season
Apr-Aug in so. TX(1), May-Jul in north-central TX.(2)
Food
Larvae live primarily in rotten willow wood, either fallen logs or rotting portions of live trees; may also use oak or hackberry.
Remarks
Effective mimic of a Tarantula Hawk wasp. Will occasionally appear at lights as well as bait. Strong, agile flyer, difficult to capture without using bait or lights.
Print References
Hovore F.T. (1983) Taxonomic and biological observations on southwestern Cerambycidae. Coleopterists Bulletin 37(4): 379-387.(3)
Lingafelter S.W., Horner N.V. (1993) The Cerambycidae of north-central Texas. Coleopterists Bulletin 47(2): 159-191.(2)
Vogt B.G. (1949) Notes on Cerambycidae from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 25: 137-144, 175-184.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn 2008
Works Cited
1.The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera)
Hovore F.T., Penrose R.L., Neck R.W. 1987. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 44: 283-334.
2.The Cerambycidae of north-central Texas.
Lingafelter, S.W. & N.V. Horner. 1993. Coleopterists Bulletin, 47(2): 159-191.
3.Taxonomic and biological observations on Southwestern Cerambycidae (Coleoptera)
Frank T. Hovore. 1983. The Coleopterists Bulletin, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 379-387 .