Preferred Scientific Name; Acrocinus longimanus. Taxonomic Tree; Domain: Eukaryota; Kingdom: Metazoa; Phylum: Arthropoda; Subphylum. Harlequin beetle, (Acrocinus longimanus), large tropical American beetle with an elaborate variegated pattern of black with muted red and greenish yellow. PDF | The occurrence of Acrocinus longimanus (Linnaeus, ) in Corrientes, Argentina, is reported for the first time. This record extends the.
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Harlequin beetleAcrocinus longimanuslarge tropical American beetle with an elaborate variegated pattern of black with muted red and greenish yellow markings on its wing covers. In addition to serving as a sexual advertisement to females, the long legs help the males to traverse the branches of trees the beetles fly as well as crawl. Despite the seemingly conspicuous colours, the harlequin hides itself effectively among the lichen- and fungus-covered trunks of tropical woods such as fig trees.
Ranging from Mexico to South Americathis beautiful beetle feeds on sap and lays its eggs on the trunks of dead or dying trees.
Acrocinus longimanus | Space for life
It is active during the day but can be attracted to lights at night. Females prefer to lay their eggs on trunks and logs with bracket funguswhich provides excellent camouflage.
Before laying, the female gnaws an incision about 20 mm 0. She will lay 15 to 20 eggs over the course of two to three days.
When llngimanus larvae hatch, they bore into the wood. When they mature at seven to eight months, the cm 5-inch larvae tunnel further, where they dig a cell in which to pupate. The adult beetle emerges four months later, gnawing its way out of the wood.
The life cycle is annual. The minute acrocinuus use the beetle for transport to new food sources and as a way to meet potential mates. When they arrive at a suitable new site, they anchor to their destination with a new strand of silk and slide off the beetle. Harlequin beetles belong to the long-horned beetle family, Cerambycidae.
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