Larva, Family Cerambycidae

Longhorned Beetles

Longhorned Beetle larva, round-headed borer


The Cerambycid larva shown here was found feeding between the bark and the wood of a dead tree, typical larval habitat for this family.

A smaller number of Longhorned Beetle species feature alternative life histories. In genus Oberea, for example, larvae develop inside the stems of herbaceous plants. In other genera the larvae feed on roots.

Larvae in Cerambycidae are called Round-headed Borers. Unlike the Flat-head Borers (Buprestidae), Round-head Borers do not have the thorax flattened top to bottom. In other words, in Cerambycidae the anterior end of the larvae is round when viewed head-on.

Insects of West Virginia