Long-horn Beetle

Calanthemis wundanyiensis (?)

a longhorn beetle, cerambycidae, from Taita Hills, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Diurnally active at Wundanyi, Taita Hills, Kenya, Africa. May 2017. Length about 12mm. Identification supplied by Francesco Vitali, Worldwide Cerambycoidea

Longhorn beetles are the adult stage of grubs that tunnel into dead twigs, branches or roots of trees and shrubs. Some brightly colored species are active by day and may resemble a bee or wasp. Adults lay eggs beneath the bark and the grubs tunnel through the wood leaving a flattened oval gallery.

Cerambycidae -- Longhorn Beetle Family

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Kenya Natural History

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updated 26 June 2018.