The Long-Horn is a beetle from a big family. While they are considered with a frown for their wood-boring tendencies, never has such a strangely extraterrestrial 6 legger walker across our path. Truly majestic this one.
There are so many long-horn subspecies that it took a while to find. Thanks to the work of http://potokito.blogspot.com we think this is the one.
Long horn beetle (Batocera Sp.) was found here on the farm in February 2020.
These beetles are considered either a bio pest or on the other hand a collectors item. Eitherway their days are numbered as they are large and slow and easy to catch (if they are not taking one of their short flights).
Phylum : Arthropoda – Arthropods
Class : Insecta – Insects
Order : Coleoptera – Beetles
Suborder : Polyphaga – Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles
Superfamily : Chrysomeloidea – Long-horned and Leaf Beetles
Family : Cerambycidae – Longhorned Beetles
Subfamily : Lamiinae
Genus : Batocera
Species : Batocera numitor (Newman, 1842)