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Spotted Apple Tree Borer

Saperda cretata Newman

Family Cerambycidae, Subfamily Lamiinae, Tribe Saperdini


Spotted Apple Tree Borer - Saperda cretata Newman

male, collected on blooming hawthorn (Crataegus sp.)

Grimes County, Texas
March 12, 2006 (Dan Heffern)

Texas County Records for Saperda cretata

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, March 2006

Range: Eastern North America, to east Texas

Adult Activity: Mid-March to mid-April in Texas

Larval Hosts: Hawthorn is the larval host plant

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
Saperda puncticollis
Saperda tridentata

Web Link: Saperda cretata Newman - Florida State Collection of Arthropods

Etymology: cret, =a (L). Chalk


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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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