Slender Mallee Longhorn Beetle
Callitris Longhorn Beetle
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)|
|Species:||Callitris Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae sp?)|
|This Photo:||🔍Larva, dorsal🔎|
|Other names:||Longicorn Beetle, Long-horn Beetle or Long Horned Beetle|
Thank you Greg Baker & Andy Szito for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We were inspecting a recently fallen, dead, callitris tree. Marie noticed a grub inside a broken twig. Given callitris has natural invert inhibitors (often used for fence posts as it's not prone to termite attack), we were surprised. We prized it out and were *VERY* concerned it looked a lot like European House Borer (Hylotrupes bajulus); or EHB for short. We posted on the Amateur Entomology Australia facebook group and Andy Szito (WA DPIRD) suggested we contact Greg Baker at SARDI. We sent it off to Greg for confirmation, who then sent it off to Andy for DNA testing.
Fortunately it wasn't EHB. It didn't match any known species in the DNA database, but was "most likely another Cerambycidae spp".
This specimen was about 13mm long.