Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Phymatodes amoenus

black and red beetle - Phymatodes amoenus Colorful little longhorn - Phymatodes amoenus Longhorned Beetle - Phymatodes amoenus Beetle - Phymatodes amoenus Beetle - Phymatodes amoenus Beetle - Phymatodes amoenus Twig borer, Vitis - Phymatodes amoenus Twig borer, Vitis - Phymatodes amoenus
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 Callidiini
Genus Phymatodes
Species amoenus (Phymatodes amoenus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phymatodes amoenus (Say)
Orig. Comb: Callidium amoenum Say 1823
Explanation of Names
amoenus (L). 'pleasant, charming' (1)
26 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
5-7 mm (3)
note red head and enlarged red femora to separate from most other Phymatodes spp. (3)

pale abdomen below separates this sp. from Phymatodes lengi Joutel (Rare)
e. NA (TX-FL-QC-MN) (4),(5)
mostly: Apr-Jun (BG data)
only e. US sp. known to host on Vitis spp. (6)
Life Cycle
larvae mine in dead Vitis (6)
can be locally common (6)
See Also
Note: Dark Abdomen below (3)(6)(2)
- Range: e. US, Rare
Phymatodes lengi Joutel
Det. T. H. Atkinson, 2012
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Nomenclatural changes in North American Phymatodes Mulsant (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Swift I.P., Ray A.M. 2010. Zootaxa 2448: 35–52.
3.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
4.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.
5. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
6.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.