Velvet longhorned beetle is an invasive species.
- Velvet longhorned beetles prefer apple and mulberry, but can also infest maple and peach trees.
- Signs of damage include yellowing or thinning of the canopy, larval tunneling and adult beetle exit holes.
How to identify velvet longhorned beetles
- Velvet longhorned beetles (Trichoferus campestris) are 1/2–3/4 inches long and dark brownish orange in color.
- Legs and antenna are lighter in color than their body.
- Irregularly placed hairs can be seen on the wing covers of adult beetles.
- They can be difficult to identify due to the multitude of species lookalikes.
- Longhorned larvae overwinter in wood and pupate in the spring.
- Adults emerge from wood from June to August and are nocturnal.
Reviewed in 2019
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