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Species Saperda discoidea - Hickory Saperda

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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 Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorns)
Tribe Saperdini
Genus Saperda
Species discoidea (Hickory Saperda)
Explanation of Names
Saperda discoidea Fabricius 1798
Size
9-17 mm(1)
Identification
Remarkably dimorphic(1)
This species is remarkable in having the sexes so unlike that one unacquainted with it would certainly consider them distinct species. In a long series of males, however, there will be found individuals having the same color and markings as the females, and some very poorly developed females lack entirely the characteristic markings of the sex. (Felt & Joutel 1904)
Range
e. NA(1)
Season
Apr-Sep(1)
Food
Larvae feed on Carya, Juglans, and occasionally other hardwoods(2)
Life Cycle
This is a common insect and breeds abundantly in hickory, frequently following the work of the destructive hickory bark borer, Scolytus quadrispinosus Say. It is sometimes so abundant that a piece of bark 6 inches square may contain a dozen or more larvae. (Felt & Joutel 1904)
Remarks
comes to UV lights(1)
Print References
Felt E.P. & L.H. Joutel (1904) Monograph of the genus Saperda. New York State Museum Bulletin 74(20): 3–86. Full Text
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
2.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.