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Species Oncideres pustulata - Huisache Girdler

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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 Onciderini
Genus Oncideres (Twig Girdling Beetles)
Species pustulata (Huisache Girdler)
Explanation of Names
Oncideres pustulata LeConte 1854 (1) (but orig. spell: pustulatus)

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2012
s. TX / ne. Mex. (2) (north to College Station, Brazos Co., TX)
Adults: Aug-Jan (2)(BG data)
Primary hosts: Huisache (Acacia farnesiana) and Tepeguaje (Leucaena leucocephala) (Rodríguez-del-Bosque and Garza-Cedillo); will also girdle mesquite, retama, ebony and citrus. (2)
Life Cycle
Females, with their elongate mandibles: girdle tree branches that can be surprisingly thick:
The girdled branch usually breaks from its own weight:
The female makes bites into the branch distal to the girdle and lays eggs into those bite sites:
The developing larvae make galleries in the dead wood:
Print References
High, M.M. 1915. The huisache girdler. USDA Bulletin 184: 1–9.
Hovore, F.T. & R.L. Penrose 1982. Notes on Cerambycidae coinhabiting girdles of Oncideres pustulata LeConte. Southwestern Naturalist, 27(1): 23 - 27.
LeConte J.L. 1854. Notice of some coleopterous insects, from the collections of the Mexican Boundary Commission. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 7: 79-85.
Neck, R.W. 1988. Utilization of Australian pine (Casuarina glauca) as a larval foodplant by Oncideres pustulatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in deep southern Texas. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 42(1): 84-86.
Rice, M.E. 1986. Winter mortality of Oncideres pustulatus LeConte (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) larvae induced by freezing temperatures. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 59: 423-427.
Rice, M.E. 1989. Branch girdling and oviposition biology of Oncideres pustulatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) on Acacia farnesiana. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 82: 181-186.
Rodríguez-del-Bosque, L.A. 2004. An outbreak of Oncideres pustulata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in northern Tamaulipas, Mexico: Damage, distribution, and host plants. Southwestern Entomologist 29: 309-311.
Rodríguez-del-Bosque, L.A. 2013. Feeding and survival of Oncideres pustulata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) adults on Acacia farnesiana and Leucaena leucocephala (Fabaceae). Southwestern Entomologist 38(3): 487-498.
Rodriguez-del-Bosque, L.A., and R.D. Garza-Cedillo. 2008. Survival, emergence, and damage by Oncideres pustulata (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) on huisache and leucaena (Fabaceae) in Mexico. Southwestern Entomologist 33: 209–217.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn 2007
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.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.