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Lion Beetle (Ulochaetes leoninus)

The lion beetle is a species belonging to the family of long-horned beetles. It acts, sounds, and is similar in appearance to the bumblebee. American entomologist John Lawrence LaConte first named it in 1854.

Lion Beetle

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Cerambycidae
  • Genus: Ulochaetes
  • Scientific name: Ulochaetes leoninus

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 17-25 mm

Color: It is black and yellow.

Other Characteristic Features: It ahs a hairy body, and a short elytra.

Ulochaetes leoninus

Larva

The larvae feed on wood from dead or decaying trees.

Pupa

Once fully mature, the larvae begin to pupate by forming a cocoon.

Egg

Females lay eggs on the stumps of dead trees.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionNorth America
HabitatPine trees
PredatorsBirds
Seasons activeNot recorded
Diet of adultsDoes not feed
Image of Lion Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

The larvae leave behind holes in the trees they bore into.

Did You Know

  • Due to their appearance, they can mimic bumblebees to ward off predators.
Lion Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, static.inaturalist.org, i.redd.it, whatsthatbug.com

The lion beetle is a species belonging to the family of long-horned beetles. It acts, sounds, and is similar in appearance to the bumblebee. American entomologist John Lawrence LaConte first named it in 1854.

Lion Beetle

Physical Description and Identification

Adult 

Size: 17-25 mm

Color: It is black and yellow.

Other Characteristic Features: It ahs a hairy body, and a short elytra.

Ulochaetes leoninus

Larva

The larvae feed on wood from dead or decaying trees.

Pupa

Once fully mature, the larvae begin to pupate by forming a cocoon.

Egg

Females lay eggs on the stumps of dead trees.

Quick Facts

LifespanNot recorded
DistributionNorth America
HabitatPine trees
PredatorsBirds
Seasons activeNot recorded
Diet of adultsDoes not feed
Image of Lion Beetle

Identifying the Damage Caused by Them

The larvae leave behind holes in the trees they bore into.

Did You Know

  • Due to their appearance, they can mimic bumblebees to ward off predators.
Lion Beetle Picture

Image Source: bugguide.net, static.inaturalist.org, i.redd.it, whatsthatbug.com

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