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Species Monochamus scutellatus - Whitespotted Sawyer

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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 Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorns)
Tribe Monochamini
Genus Monochamus (Sawyers)
Species scutellatus (Whitespotted Sawyer)
Other Common Names
Longicorne noir (French), Oil Sands Beetle, Tar Sands Beetle
Explanation of Names
Monochamus scutellatus (Say 1824)
Identification
scutellum contrasting white
Range
much of Canada and n US, southward in Appalachians
Habitat
Coniferous forests
Life Cycle
Two-year life cycle. Larvae excavates galleries in coniferous trees, often after they are damaged by a fire, storm, etc. Common hosts are: Balsam fir, spruces and white pine
Remarks
The local (to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) common names of Oil Sands Beetle and Tar Sands Beetle are due to the attraction of this insect to oil sands. Apparently the attraction is the scent of bitumen, chemically similar to compounds released by the diseased or damaged coniferous trees where they are attracted to lay their eggs.
See Also
Anoplophora glabripennis
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field guide to common insect pests of urban trees in the Northeast
Hanson T., Walker E. 2002. Waterbury, VT: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. 35 pp.