Desmocerus palliatus

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Elderberry Borer
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Lepturinae
Tribe: Desmocerini
Genus: Desmocerus
Species: D. palliatus
Binomial name
Desmocerus palliatus
Forster (1771)
Synonyms
  • Calopus blandus Fabricius, 1775[1]
  • Cerambyx palliatus Forster, 1771[1]
  • Desmocerus cyaneus (Fabricius) Audinet-Serville, 1834[1]
  • Desmocerus elongatus Bland, 1862[1]
  • Stenocorus cyaneus Fabricius, 1775[1]
Common names
Elderberry Borer, Cloaked Knotty-horn

The Elderberry Borer (D. palliatus) is a species of Cerambycidae that occurs in North America.

Description[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Life cycle[edit]

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
  • Pollen
Sambucus
Larval food
Sambucus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e BioLib Taxon profile — species Desmocerus palliatus (Forster, 1771)

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