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Ellura Sanctuary 23 Nov 2017

Tea-tree Longhorn (Rhytiphora obliqua)

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Sighted 21 Nov 2017
Lobethal SA 5241, Australia

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  • Ellura Sanctuary 23 November 2017
    Rhytiphora Platyomopsis obliqua
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Rhytiphora Platyomopsis: obliqua
    Common Names: Beetles, Cerambycids, Longicorn Beetle
    Ellura Sanctuary says

    About 16mm head to tail & 22mm Antenna length. Marie found it drowning in a bird bath. Was surprised at the difference in colour between wet & dry. After a day in an insect box came back to life and started walking around, so was released. There are many synonyms with Longicorns, just a few for this one are Lamia obliqua, Platyomopsis obliqua, Symphyletes frenchi. There's a photo of this on Atlas from Museums Victoria labeled Symphyletes frenchi. It took a bit of investigative work to find it's now R. obliqua. Cheers Brett

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