Tea-tree Longhorn
Adelaide Hills
Tea-tree Longhorn
Tea-tree Longhorn (Rhytiphora obliqua)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Tea-tree Longhorn (Rhytiphora obliqua)
This Photo:     Neck
Synonyms: Lamia obliqua, Platyomopsis obliqua, Rhytiphora (Platyomopsis) obliqua or Symphyletes frenchi

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
1st Live Photo on-line:
~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/horn placement is important diagnostically, as are it's antennae & eye shape.

Copyright © 2017-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Nov-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.