Longicornes (family Cerambycidae) are often spectacular beetles and are favourites with collectors. In Australia they range in size from about 5mm to some real giants of 80 mm or more in length. The larval stages bore in wood or stems of trees and shrubs. Rainforests with a diversity of trees, palms and shrubs have a rich assortment of species. Here are a few that have come to the lights in just the last few weeks.
Rhitiphora sp. As with many longicornes, the eyes can be divided by the base of the antennae.
Craticus quoyi, at bay. How the birds manage to subdue the beetles without getting bitten is remarkable. Supposedly, one bite on the leg, wing or tongue would permanently disable the bird. But legs and tegmina are found around the lightsheet and the birds have been observed flying off with the struggling beetles in the morning.
?Didymocetrotus foveatus. Not uncommon. Note the distinctive stance.
Sclerocantha sp. A prionine longicorne.
Thanks to Adam Slipinsky for helping with the identifications for some of the species.