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Beautiful Mesquite Borer

Callona rimosa (Buquet, 1840)

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Cerambycinae, Tribe Trachyderini


Callona rimosa (Buquet, 1840)


Unit Tray from the Texas A&M University Insect Collection


Texas County Records for Callona rimosa

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Nov. 2005

Range: South Texas to northern Mexico.

Adult Activity: March-July, most specimens from TAMUIC collected in April-May.

Larval Hosts: Larvae feed within the bases of living Mesquite (Prosopis) and Huisache (Acacia).

Similar Species: There are nine species of Callona, but only Callona rimosa reaches the United States. 

Etymology: Callona rimosa

callio (G). More beautiful
callun (G). Adorn, beautify
rim, =a, -o (L). A fissure, split


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