Braconid Mimic Longhorn
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)|
|Species:||Tea-tree Longhorn (Rhytiphora obliqua)|
|This Photo:||Dorsal, wet|
|Synonyms:||Lamia obliqua, Platyomopsis obliqua & Symphyletes frenchi|
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
~16mm head to tail & each antenna is ~22mm long.
Marie found it drowning in a bird bath.
We were surprised at the difference in colour between wet & dry. After a day in an insect box came back to life and started walking around, so was released.
Notice the very hairy antennae.
In terms of colour, it's an odd mix of chestnut to silver grey patches.
It's spine placement is important diagnostically, as are it's antennae & eye shape.