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Species Neoclytus acuminatus - Red-Headed Ash Borer

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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 Cerambycinae
Tribe Clytini
Genus Neoclytus
Species acuminatus (Red-Headed Ash Borer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoclytus acuminatus (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Callidium acuminatum Fabricius 1775
Numbers
2 sspp., both in our area(1)
Size
4-13 mm(2)
Identification
markings distinctive; note the thickened antennal tips
Range
most of NA; N. a. acuminatus* e. NA to NB-TX; N. a. hesperus w. NA(1)
*introduced in Europe, now widespread(3)
Food
Larvae feed on the sapwood of ash and other hardwoods, and even occasionally on vines and shrubs(2). Larvae are common in downed timber with the bark left on.
Life Cycle
Overwinters in infested tree trunks, probably as pupae; adults emerge in early spring and lay eggs under bark of recently dead trees
Remarks
Comes to lights(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A Photographic Catalog of the Cerambycidae of the New World
2.Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
Douglas Yanega. 1996. Illinois Natural History Survey.
3.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.