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Species Gaurotes cyanipennis

Longhorn - Gaurotes cyanipennis Purple Variety - Gaurotes cyanipennis Gaurotes cyanipennis? - Gaurotes cyanipennis beetle - Gaurotes cyanipennis Mating purple and green beetles - Gaurotes cyanipennis - male - female Beetle - Gaurotes cyanipennis shiny green beetle - Gaurotes cyanipennis Gaurotes cyanipennis? - Gaurotes cyanipennis
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 Rhagiini
Genus Gaurotes
Species cyanipennis (Gaurotes cyanipennis)
Comes in 2 color phases, smooth metalic purple or green. Legs yellow. Elytra smooth, pronotum tapers gradually.
Canada to North Carolina, possibly beyond. Found in Europe also.
In or near wooded areas, and visiting flowers in fields.
May-August (eastern North America). April-June (North Carolina).
Adults found on flowers, so take pollen and/or nectar.
Life Cycle
Larvae feeds beneath bark of deciduous trees and shrubs.
Print References
Dillon, p. 619, plate LXI (1)
Yanega, p. 32, fig. 29 (2)
Brimley, p. 212 (3)
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection--15 pinned, including specimens from that state
Works Cited
1.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
2.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.