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Bumelia Borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens | Wildlife Wednesday

Bumelia Borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens
Today’s Wednesday post is Wildlife Wednesday and a very gorgeous Bumelia Borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens. Unfortunately our friend here was not alive, which made it a lot easier to photograph outside of our Dripping Springs AirBnB last summer.

Bumelia Borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens

As the common name suggests, the larvae feed on the trunks and roots of bumelia species, Sideroxylon sp., the most common species in Texas being Sideroxylon lanuginosum, gum bumelia. Gum bumelia always tricks me a bit and I will initially think it is an Ilex decidua until I look closer and note my location and realize it’s a bumelia. The larvae also utilize Nyssa and Morus species, too.

I’ll keep my commentary short this week and let y’all read the links I’ve provided which share more information about these colorful insects. I always love finding a longhorn beetle, even if they are sadly demised.

+Bumelia border via Austin Bug
+ERMAHGERD! BURRRRG! via Austin Chronicle
+Bumelia borer via Springfield Plateau
+Bumelia borer on white via Beetles in the Bush


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