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Huisache Girdler

Oncideres pustulata LeConte, 1854

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Lamiinae, Tribe Onciderini

cf. O. rhodosticta

Oncideres pustulata LeConte, 1854

(Hosting on Tepeguaje - Leucaena lveruienta - Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family)

Santa Ana NWR, Alamo, Hidalgo Co., TX
1997 (M Quinn)

Range: Texas to Nuevo Leon, (and Tamaulipas?)

Adult Activity: March-November

Primary host plants:


The pecan girdler (Oncideres cingulata), found throughout Texas except for the Trans-Pecos region, attacks and girdles a wide range of deciduous trees. The preferred hosts include pecan, persimmon, hickory, walnut, red oak, hackberry, elm, mesquite, huisache, tepeguaje, mimosa, retama, Texas ebony, citrus and various fruit trees. 

The huisache girdler (Oncideres pustulata) inhabits the Gulf Coastal Prairie, South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley regions. It confines its attack primarily to huisache, tepeguaje and mimosa but will also girdle mesquite, retama, Texas ebony and citrus. 

The mesquite girdler (Oncideres rhodosticta) can be found in the southern Rolling Plains and the Trans- Pecos regions. As the name implies, this beetle prefers the limbs of mesquite but will also girdle several species of acacia.


Similar species:  

Monné & Hovore (2005) list over 100 species of Oncideres. Four species of Oncideres occur north of Mexico.

Texas Taxa:

Oncideres cingulata cingulata (Say) 
Oncideres cingulata texana
Oncideres pustulata
Oncideres rhodosticta



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