If one closely inspects wildflowers, especially those flowers of shrubs and vines, a species of longhorn beetle is likely to be seen feeding on pollen. During the first stages of development flowers, are most apt to be pollen producers. Now and then, flowers may be seen harboring a dozen or so longhorn beetles clinging to a single flower. Feeding on pollen seems harmless enough, but the real damage from these beetles comes about when the larvae (grubs) of certain species destructively bore in the trunks of living orchard and forest trees. It is fortunate that most of these beetles are feeders on decaying wood.
The literature covering beetle classification is monumental; therefore; I'm not embarrassed by leaving off even the generic name of these beetles — not to mention the specific name.
Copyright © 2005 William T. Hathaway.