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Species Stenaspis solitaria

All black and shiny - Stenaspis solitaria Stenaspis solitaria medium-sized root borer - Stenaspis solitaria Stenaspis solitaria (Say) - Stenaspis solitaria - male With a Euphoria sepulcralis - Stenaspis solitaria - male Black Very Long-horned beetle - Stenaspis solitaria Stenaspis solitaria? - Stenaspis solitaria Stenaspis solitaria? - Stenaspis solitaria
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 Trachyderini
Subtribe Trachyderina
Genus Stenaspis
Species solitaria (Stenaspis solitaria)
Other Common Names
Say's Solitary Black Bycid (SSBB)
Explanation of Names
Stenaspis solitaria (Say 1823)
occasionally with prominent amounts of red:
s CA to s TX / n. Mex. - Map (1)(2)
May-Oct in so. TX(3)
on Prosopis, Acacia. Pupae and adults taken from pupal cells in root crowns of dying Acacia in AZ and w. TX(3). Reported feeding upon, and apparently becoming intoxicated by, fermenting exudates of Senecio in AZ (Linsley & Cazier 1962)
They love to fly around on hot days. Not common in so. TX but somewhat common in the Big Bend area and extremely common in so. AZ (Dan Heffern, pers. comm.)
Print References
Hovore, F.T., R.L. Penrose & R.W. Neck. 1987. The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 44(13): 283-334. (3)
Linsley E.G., Cazier M.A. (1962) A note on the attraction of Stenaspis solitaria (Say) and other insects to Senecio lonilobus, a range plant highly toxic to livestock (Cerambycidae). Can. Entomol. 94: 745-748.
Vogt B.G. (1949) Notes on Cerambycidae from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Pan-Pac. Entomol. 25: 137-144, 175-184.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008