Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetle

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Caption: Longhorn beetle. Native to South America, this species of beetle (Batus barbicornis) grows up to 4 centimetres in length. The larvae of this beetle feed on wood, and cause great damage to trees. It is a severe pest of tree plantations. The adult bores a hole in a tree and lays eggs. After hatching, each larva feeds on the tree before pupating. The newly-emerged adult then chews through the bark and emerges. This process severely weakens the tree, and leads to a large loss of sap.

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Keywords: america, animal, batus barbicornis, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, longhorn beetle, nature, pest, south american, tree, wildlife, wood-borer, zoology

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