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Species Judolia cordifera

Flower Longhorn - Judolia cordifera cerambycid?  - Judolia cordifera Judolia cordifera Judolia cordifera Judolia cordifera Judolia cordifera Flower Longhorn Beetle - Judolia cordifera Judolia cordifera A - Judolia cordifera - male - female
Classification
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 Lepturini
Genus Judolia
Species cordifera (Judolia cordifera)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Judolia cordifera (Olivier, 1795). Synonyms:
Anoplodera cordifera
Size
9-12 mm.
Identification
Elytral pattern distinctive within range--see images here. The western Judolia instabilis is similar, and there is perhaps some overlap in range--see Yanega (1) for a discussion.
Range
Includes eastern United States, perhaps only east of the Appalachians (guide images). This species is not listed for Indiana by Blatchley (2), nor is it on checklists for Oklahoma nor Florida.
Habitat
Found in meadows feeding on flowers.
Season
Adults are typically found from May to August.
Food
Adults are found feeding atop flower heads.
Life Cycle
Larvae reported to feed on chestnut, Castanea species (1).
Remarks
This beetle seems to be fairly common and widespread, at least based on records here. Given the near-extinction of the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) due to the Chestnut Blight, it seems that larval food plants would possibly include the Chinkapin (Castanea pumila). That species has also declined due to the Chestnut Blight, so it seems likely there are other larval food plants, perhaps other deciduous trees or shrubs. Still, it seems possible there might be some conservation concerns about this beetle.
Print References
Blatchley--not listed (2)
Brimley--notes from Raleigh, NC (May, June), mountains of NC (June) (3)
Dillon and Dillon, p. 615, plate 61--Anoplodera cordifera (4)
Sikes, p. 208--records from Rhode Island--rare in collections, 1890-1904, occasional 1995-2000 (5)
Yanega, p. 34, fig. 85 (1)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
2.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
4.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
5.The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island, an Annotated Checklist
Derek Sikes. 2004. Rhode Island Natural History Survey.