Memories of summer – Neoclytus scutellaris

Neoclytus scutellaris | 9 July 2011, Wayne Co., Missouri

During the short, cold days of winter it’s nice to take a break from the curatorial activities that dominate the season and look back on some of the insects seen during the previous summer. This is Neoclytus scutellaris, a longhorned beetle associated almost exlusively with dead/dying oaks in the eastern U.S. The species is sometimes confused with the very similar N. mucronatus but is distinguished by the transverse yellow band on the pronotum and its host (the latter being associated with hickory and hackberry).

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2011

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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4 Responses to Memories of summer – Neoclytus scutellaris

  1. Daniel Thompson says:

    As usual, I love these details about insect identification. And yes, I am (and will certainly always be) a beginner in entomology, but this kind of blog maintains and improves my activity and learning.

  2. James C. Trager says:

    Nice to have a name for a beetle that I’m actually rather familiar with, since I, like it, am a balanophile.

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