Facing the Long-Horned Beetles

21 May 2011
I have shot many Long-Horned Beetles (Cerambycidae) over the past half year, and found myself to be taking just side-profile and head shots of these beautiful agricultural pests. This has led to my inability to accurately identify them as most documented species are recognized by the patterns on it’s back, and rarely identified by the face.

Today’s shoot was very brief, finding only 1 long-horned beetle before the rain poured (again). This long-horned beetle has very rounded facial features, and resembles that of a baby!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7866#1 Side view of the long-horned beetle. It was found above eye-level resting on a leaf oddly, with it’s abdomen perched up. I thought it was a fly until I had a closer look!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7916#2 My favorite – head shots!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7925#3 This is what happens when the flash goes further than the subject

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7935#4 Showing a little bit of the side, but still not enough details to identify it though.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7950#5 Final shot of this cute little guy. It took flight before I could take a record shot of it’s back though. Does anyone have it’s exact ID?

Meanwhile, here’s a short collection of long-horned beetles I’ve shot over the past half year.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6244#6a Handsome fella, infested with tiny mites around it’s neck

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6233#6b Another shot of the orange-striped face

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6008#7a A very wrinkled long-horned beetle.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6015#7b Rests it’s horns under the leaf

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_6044#7c The face!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_4572#8 Black and white patterns, possibly the Xylotrechus Javanicus

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_4681#9a This long-horned beetle tends to tuck it’s horns neatly to it’s sides

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_4643#9b And yes, the face! đŸ™‚

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_2222#10a Til this day, I’m still not sure if this is a long-horned beetle.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_2224#10b Yet another face shot

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_0960#11a One of my favorites, dancing on a branch

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_0997#11b Close up on it’s dimpled face

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_1005#11c Showing the length of it’s horns.

Mangrove Longhorn Beetle (Aeolesthes holosericeus) - DSC_0593#11d Same long-horned beetle shot at another location

Citrus Longhorn Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis?) - DSC_9143#12 Citrus Long-Horned Beetle (Anoplophora chinensis), a giant at over 2 inches in length.

Longhorn Beetle (Epepeotes luscus) - DSC_7995#13 The handsome one again, I’m using this as my forum avatar đŸ˜›

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8181#15a Xystrocera festiva, with a beautiful orange and green-striped back

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8265#15b Side view, can tell that the face is relatively “flatter” than the other species

Longhorn Beetle (Xystrocera festiva) - DSC_8280#15c And of course, the final head shot đŸ™‚

The IDs provided in this blog post may not be the most accurate, please do let me know via the comments section below if you have the right IDs. đŸ™‚

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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