Slender Mallee Longhorn Beetle
S2:Whole
Ellura
Slender Mallee Longhorn Beetle
S2:Face
 
    
Slender Mallee Longhorn Beetle (Aposites sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)
Species: Slender Mallee Longhorn Beetle (Aposites sp)
This Photo:     S2:Antenna
Other names: Longicorn Beetle, Long-horn Beetle or Long Horned Beetle

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), and elsewhere
These two specimens were found on the same night at the outside light.
Thinking they were the same, didn't photograph the second specimen as rigorously. They are probably 2 different species. The antennae length suggests both are males (ie extends beyond the elytra). The body length compared with wings & their antennae joint near the base are different. They also have slightly different markings on the thorax.
Best guess is that one might be A. niger & the other A. lanaticollis. However, the few on-line photo's disagree visually, so at this stage will go with the one genus.
Both are about 26mm long. Specimen 1 has antennae length of about 26mm & S2 about 28mm

Copyright © 2018 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Feb-2018
This species is a South Australian Native Species, not listed in the Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.