White-striped Longhorn Beetle

Fantastic!!! My heart almost stopped when I spotted this huge white-striped longhorn beetle (shirosuji-kamikiri) hanging upside down in a tree! I had no idea that Japanese longhorns could get as big as this – just over 5cm body length plus the same again for the antennae. I took a few photos and then couldn’t resist catching it to take home for the kids and neighbors to see. I will keep it for a couple of days and then return it to the place I found it.

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Batocera lineolata
= shirosuji-kamikiri

Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo)
Map: Google map link

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2 Responses to White-striped Longhorn Beetle

  1. cyndi says:

    wow! beautiful beetle. my eldest son and i are huge fans of the longhorns. superb!

  2. Nigel says:

    I wish you and he could have seen this one. It was even more special than finding stag beetles. Longhorns are my favorites, too.

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