Sunday, 19 August 2007

Formosan Longhorn Beetle* (Olenecamptus formosanus)

Adult Formosan Longhorn Beetle* (Olenecamptus formosanus) at Arashiyama, Japan - June 2013

* This species does not have an English name, therefore, this name is speculative based on its latin name.

Local Name (Japan): Takasago-shiro-kamikiri (高さゴーシロー髪切り)
Length: ?
UK Status: Not Present IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

This is another species that falls into the category of no official English name and very minimal information on it (in English at least) available online.  Although the latin name (and by extension, my own speculative English name) suggests it is a Taiwanese species, it is found at least in Honshu in Japan, where I encountered this individual.  It's habitat seemed to be the forest floor of the hillsides that led up to the Monkey Sanctuary at Arashiyama, although given we were walking up this hillside, I must admit I didn't really want to stop to look at it beyond a few quick photographs.  I noticed it in the first place for its unusual brilliant white shell, and the massive antennae which you unfortunatly cannot really see in this picture.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Olenecamptus
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Resident seen in Summer..
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A single individual at Arashiyama.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List .

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