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Species Saperda imitans

Saperda imitans Flat-faced Longhorn - Saperda imitans Red and Gray Beetle - Saperda imitans longhorn - Saperda imitans Orange and Black Beetle? - Saperda imitans Beetle (perhaps Saperda imitans) with Pseudoscorpion - Saperda imitans beetle at moth light - Saperda imitans Darth Maul bug - Saperda imitans
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 imitans (Saperda imitans)
Explanation of Names
Saperda imitans Felt & Joutel 1904
15 Nearctic spp. of this Holarctic genus (1)
body 10-16 mm (2)

Saperda imitans Felt & Joutel
Det. M. E. Rice, 1980
elytra dark gray with orange or orangish-red stripe along lateral margin (stripe extends onto side of pronotum and head), and 3 oblique bands of the same color extending toward - but not touching - medial margin; middle band "free-floating" (its distal end is blunt and doesn't touch lateral stripe, and its proximal end is pointed and doesn't touch medial margin); no colored stripe along medial margin; elytral surface slightly rough but not deeply punctate; undersurface pale brownish-white; legs medium gray
deciduous forests and woodlots
May-July (3)
Larvae feed in various dead hardwoods including Carya, Prunus, Salix (3)
Rare (3), much less frequently encountered than S. tridentata or lateralis, and poorly represented in collections.
Type Locality: nr New York City (4)
See Also
S. tridentata has 4 black dots on elytra, and colored bands that extend inward to touch medial margin; anterior band transverse (not oblique), and middle band touches lateral stripe
S. lateralis has darker gray or blackish elytra with reddish-orange stripe along lateral and medial margins, and (usually) no colored bands; elytral surface deeply punctate
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
Internet References
presence in Oklahoma; list - Oklahoma State U.
distribution in Canada; PDF doc - list of provinces (Cerambycidae: in Checklist of Beetles of Canada and Alaska)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
3.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
4.The Cerambycidae of North America, Part VII, No. 2: ... subfamily Lamiinae, tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini.
E. Gorton Linsley & John A. Chemsak. 1995. University of California Publications in Entomology 114: 1-292.