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Species Monochamus scutellatus - White-spotted Sawyer

Whitespotted Sawyer - Monochamus scutellatus - male Sawyer - Monochamus scutellatus - female Beetles Takhlakh Lake Washington - Monochamus scutellatus - male Whitespotted pine sawyer - Monochamus scutellatus - male Long Antenna Beetle? - Monochamus scutellatus Monochamus scutellatus - male Cerambycidae, Whitespotted Sawyer, lateral - Monochamus scutellatus Whitespotted Sawyer - Monochamus scutellatus
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 (Longhorn and Leaf Beetles)
Family Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Subfamily Lamiinae (Flat-faced Longhorn Beetles)
Tribe Monochamini
Genus Monochamus (Sawyers)
Species scutellatus (White-spotted 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.