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Species Cyrtophorus verrucosus

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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 Cerambycinae
Tribe Anaglyptini
Genus Cyrtophorus
Species verrucosus (Cyrtophorus verrucosus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cyrtophorus verrucosus (Olivier)
Original Comb: Callidium verrucosus Olivier 1795
Syns: verrucosum, verrucosa. (spelling)
Explanation of Names
verrucosus (L). 'wart-like". (1)
Monotypic genus (2)
7-11 mm
Ant mimic. Distinctive markings, and note also knobs at base of pronotum.
Two forms:

The reddish form greatly resembles a major of Camponotus chromaiodes while in motion. Presumably the black form mimics Camponotus pennsylvanicus.
e US (TX-FL-ME-SD) (BG data), very common sp. (3)
Deciduous forests and adjacent areas
March to July, among the first cerambycids encountered each year (3)
Adults take nectar and/or pollen on spring-flowering trees and shrubs.
Larvae feed on a wide variety of hardwoods, including Acer, Betula, Carya, Castanea, Cercis, Cornus, Fagus, Quercus, Ulmus, & Pinus. (3)
A remarkable ant mimic, this species runs like an ant. It even felt like an ant when it ran across my hand while photographing it. (cotinis)
See Also
Range: extreme ne US, CAN
Microclytus compressicollis (Laporte & Gory)
Det. Doug Yaneg, 2013
Print References
Arnett, fig. 24.196, p. 485 (4)
Dillon, plate LX #3 (5)
Yanega, fig. 204 (6)
Brimley p. 216, notes for March-May in eastern North Carolina. (7)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
4.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
5.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
6.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
7.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.