Asian Long-horned Beetle
Common name for a species of large beetle in the
family and with the scientific designation Anoplophora glabripennis. It is
native to the Far East, occurring in countries such as
Japan and Korea, as well as to northern parts of Southeast Asia. This insect has
a body length of up to 4 centimeter
and long antennae of up to 10 centimeters. It is shiny black with white to
whitish-blue spots on the elytra and the lower segments of the legs, while the
black antennae have a series of white to whitish-blue bands. This beetle can
fly, but due to its size and weight generally only for short distances. Though
it takes the Asian Long-horned Beetle
between one and three years to reach
maturity, its adult lifespan is in the wild is rather short, reportedly only
around 50 days for males and about a little over two weeks longer for females.
This beetle feeds on leaves, twigs, and other plant matter, while their larvae
feed on the healthy bark, phloem and xylem of certain hardwood trees, which they
infest and eventually cause to die. Also commonly known as Sky Beetle and Starry
Sky, sometimes referred to as ALB, i.e. the abbreviation of its common name, and
in Thai called duang nuad yao asia (ด้วงหนวดยาวเอเชีย).
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.