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Species Typocerus lunulatus

Flower Longhorn - Typocerus lunulatus Flower Longhorn? - Typocerus lunulatus flower beetle? - Typocerus lunulatus Typocerus lunulatus Typocerus lunulatus texanus Linsley & Chemsak - Typocerus lunulatus Typocerus lunulatus beetle with red L's - Typocerus lunulatus flower longhorns - Typocerus lunulatus
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Subfamily Lepturinae (Flower Longhorn Beetles)
Tribe Lepturini
Genus Typocerus
Species lunulatus (Typocerus lunulatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Typocerus lunulatus (Swederus)
Orig. Comb: Leptura lunulata Swederus 1787
Typocerus lunulatus lunulatus (Swederus)
Typocerus lunulatus texanus Linsley & Chemsak 1976
8-12 mm

Black with four yellow/orange spots on elytra. Subspecies texanus has four basal spots fused into two.
Perhaps a mimic of a Scoliid wasp, or, even better, Anoplius (or a related genus), a Pompilid wasp:
T. l. texanus - sc US (TX-LA-MO-OK)
Fields, roadsides, with flowers adjacent to pine woodlands.
mostly: Apr-Jun (BG data)
Adults take nectar and/or pollen.
common on queen's-delight - Stillingia sylvatica (Euphorbiaceae) on e. TX (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on decaying pines. (2)
Print References
Yanega, pp. 41-42, plate 8--illustrates both subspecies. (3)
Brimley, p. 213 (4)
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
Works Cited
1.Insects of the Texas Lost Pines (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series, No. 33)
Stephen W. Taber, Scott B. Fleenor. 2003. M University Press.
2.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
3.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.