Help Wanted: Longhorn enthusiasts and werewolfs in Gauteng + Mpumalanga

Help Wanted: Longhorn enthusiasts and werewolfs in Gauteng + Mpumalanga - Southern Africa : The Winter Longhorn Beetle (see here) was first identified by Dr. K. Adlbauer in 2012 from examples housed in the Transvaal Museum. It is known to occur in the Pretoria North and Hartebeespoort (Sarkies

The Winter Longhorn Beetle (see here) was first identified by Dr. K. Adlbauer in 2012 from examples housed in the Transvaal Museum. It is known to occur in the Pretoria North and Hartebeespoort (Sarkiesnek) areas. Now also Mpumalanga - Presidentsrus based on previous location data and our observations.

it is presumed that this Longhorn's flight period is from June to July. This is firstly quite amazing as the night time temperature is commonly less than 10 deg. C.
Further, we have also attracted the male (in large numbers) to our light trap during full moon conditions. From our observations it seems to fly between the hours of 20h00 - 01h00.

The female is most probably flightless (no wings) and with very short elytra, Size 11 mm (Adlbauer 2012). Capture of this female with the male will help to confirm this.

No host plant is currently known.

Due to it's late (in the year) flight period, there is a good possibility, that this longhorn has been overlooked and has a far wider distribution.

Thus we are calling on all Ispotters to keep an eye out for this species, and photograph any found. If anyone finds anything looking like the male (at www.ispotnature.org/node/809880) or female mentioned, please capture and keep it alive and place pics of it on Ispot as soon as possible. We will collect it from you if necessary!!!

Lets together prove the power of Citizen Science networking

Best regards and happy hunting
Mike & Riana

21 Jun 2016
Tony Rebelo