Longicorn Beetles
Common Eucalypt Longicorn
Eucalypt Longicorn
Wasp-like Longicorn I
Wasp-like Longicorn II
Wasp-like Longicorn III 
Other Tribes
Large Brown Longicorn
One-banded Longicorn
Decora Longicorn
Flower Longicorn
Ant-mimicking Longicorn
Bamboo Tiger Longicorn
Lycid-mimicking Beetle
Fig Longicorn
Sheep Longicorn
Black Small Acacia Longicorn
Motley Small Acacia Longicorn
She-Oak Longicorn
Tea-tree Longicorn
Dark Brown Longicorn
Green Longicorn Beetle
Acacia Longicorn I
Acacia Longicorn II
Other Tribe 
Double-coned Longicorn 
Small Longicorn Beetle
Fern Longicorn Beetle
Unidentified Longicorn


Wasp-like Longicorn Beetle II - Hesthesis ferruginea


This page contains information and pictures about Wasp-like Longicorn Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 20mm
This Longicorn Beetle mimics a wasp (Eumeninae ) to gain protection.
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To mimic a wasp, it has the very short elytra (wing cover). There are the orange-yellow bands on its abdomen. 
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We found this beetle once in Ford Road Conservation Area on Feb 2011. It was resting a grass stem. It was very slow moving. When disturbed, it warm up its wings a bit and fly away. 
The beetle can be found feeding on flowers. Larvae related with Eucalyptus and Leptospermum
1. Specimen Image Index - Insect Reference Collection Database - ICDB, Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2006.
2. A guide to the Genera of Beetles of South Australia Part.7 - Matthews, E.G. & Reid C.A.M.Adelaide, Eureca Corporate Group. 1997, p 13.  

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Last updated: March 07, 2012.