- Common names
- Elderberry Borer, Cloaked Knotty-horn
The adult is 17 to 26 mm with enlarged antennal segment tips. The coloration is a shimmering dark blue, the base of the elytra is yellow to yellow-red. It is often the model for other insects mimicry, an example of this would be Lycomorpha pholus.
Range and habitat
It ranges from Oklahoma, central North America, to parts of the southern Appalachian mountains. They tend to be more abundant in the northern part of its range. They can be seen in swampy areas and near streams that support their host plant.
Eggs are laid near stems or at the base of the plant, the larvae then burrow their way into the stems and eat tunnels into the roots of the living plant. They can be seen between April and August.
- Adult food
- BioLib Taxon profile — species Desmocerus palliatus (Forster, 1771)
- "Species Desmocerus palliatus - Elderberry Borer - BugGuide.Net". Retrieved 2008-12-25.
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