flower longhorn beetle

(Analeptura lineola)

Conservation Status
flower longhorn beetle (Analeptura lineola)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed


NNR - Unranked


not listed


Analeptura lineola is a slender, tapered, small to moderate-sized, flower longhorn beetle. It is common to abundant in most of its range from Maine to Minnesota, adjacent Canadian provinces, and south along the Appalachian Mountains to Georgia. It is less common in Minnesota, where it is at the western edge of its range.

Adults are 5 16 to ½ long. Males are slightly smaller and more slender than females.

The head is angled forward in front and is abruptly constricted in back forming a neck that is visible when viewed from above. It is mostly black except for the yellow mouth parts. The compound eyes are black, moderate-sized, and deeply notched. The antennae are slender, banded yellow and black, and long, about as long as the body. The base of each antenna is inserted in the notch in the compound eye. The third segment is longer than the first and the fifth segment is longer than the third.

The upper thoracic shield (pronotum) is bell-shaped, arched, narrow at the front, as wide at the base as the base of the hardened wing covers (elytra), and as long as the base is wide. It is slightly inflated (arched) on top (dorsally). It has a shallow impression in the middle near the base. The angles at the rear (posterior) corners of the pronotum are very sharp and point outward. It is densely covered with fine pits. It is also covered with short, fine, gold hairs, sparsely on top (dorsally), densely on the lowers sides.

The hardened wing covers (elytra) are long and narrow, more than 2½ times longer than wide. They taper evenly from the broad base to the narrow tip, making the body appear broad-shouldered. They are yellow with a variable amount of black marks. There is always a narrow black stripe along the inner margin (sutural stripe), a dark stripe in the middle (median stripe), and a broad stripe along the outer margin (lateral stripe). The tips are always black. There is often a darkened spot in the shoulder (humeral) area; sometimes a black, triangular spot near the middle connecting the median and lateral stripes; and sometimes a black spot near the tip merging with the median and lateral stripes. The elytral surface is pitted, finely and sparsely near the base and at the tip, coarsely in the middle. It is also moderately covered with short hairs.

The legs are slender, yellow, and densely covered with fine hairs. The fourth segment (tibia) has a spur at the tip and on males is arced. The last part of each leg (tarsus), corresponding to the foot, is black. It has five segments but the fourth segment is minute and is concealed within the lobes of the heart-shaped third segment, making it appear that there are only four segments. On the hind leg, the tarsi are slender. The first segment is as long as all of the remaining segments together. The third segment is split beyond the middle.




Total Length: ¼ to ½


Similar Species






May to August




Adults are active during the day.


Life Cycle




Larva Food


Dead moist wood of hardwoods, including birch, blue beech, ironwood, and also pine


Adult Food


Nectar of a wide variety of flowers including grape; raspberry and blackberry; elderberry; meadowsweet; rose; cherry and plum; dogwood; knotweed; leadplant and false indigo; and false Solomon’s seal.


Distribution Map



24, 27, 29, 30.




Common to abundant



Coleoptera (beetles)  


Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, long-horned, leaf, and snout beetles)  




Chrysomeloidea (leaf beetles and allies)  


Cerambycidae (longhorn beetles)  


Lepturinae (flower longhorn beetles)  







Analeptura indirecta

Stenura cincta


Common Names


This species has no common name. The common name of the subfamily Lepturinae is flower long-horned beetles, and it is applied here for convenience.









The hardened or leathery forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.



The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.



The last two to five subdivisions of an insect’s leg, attached to the tibia; the foot. Plural: tarsi.



The fourth segment of an insect leg, after the femur and before the tarsus (foot).






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