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Woodbine Borer

Saperda puncticollis Say

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Lamiinae, Tribe Saperdini


Woodbine Borer - Saperda puncticollis Say

Parson's Run, Duluth, Fulton Co., Georgia
April 21, 2004 (Troy Bartlett)

Texas County Records for Saperda puncticollis

Woodbine Borer - Saperda puncticollis Say

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

Range: Eastern North America, to northeast Texas (Morris County).

Adult Activity: May-August.

Larval Hosts

Dead and dying Virginia creeper, grape, poison ivy (Yanega, 1996). It sometimes heavily infests Virginia Creeper, a few dead branches have been known to yield dozens of specimens (Dan Heffern. pers. comm.)

VITACEAE Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Univ. Texas
Plant Profile for Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Similar Species: There are 15 species of Saperda, most occur in eastern North America (Monné & Hovore, 2002). 

Texas Taxa:

Saperda calcarata Say 
Saperda cretata
Saperda lateralis Fabricius
Saperda puncticollis
Saperda tridentata

Etymology: Woodbine is another name for Virginia Creeper

 Biography: Thomas Say (1787 – 1834) - Wikipedia


Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press. 861 pp.

Linsley E.G. & Chemsak J.A. 1995. Cerambycidae of North America. Part VII, No. 2. Taxonomy and Classification of the Subfamily Lamiinae, Tribes Acanthocinini through Hemilophini. University of California publications in Entomology, 114: 1-292.

Monné, M.A. & F.T. Hovore. 2005. Electronic Checklist of the Cerambycidae of the Western Hemisphere. 393 pp.

Solomon, J.D. 1995. Guide to Insect Borers in North American Broadleaf Trees and Shrubs. USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook 706, Washington, DC.

Yanega, D. 1996. Field guide to northeastern longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, 6:1-184.

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