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Coleoptera of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Species Pages

Family Cerambycidae

            Subfamily Lepturinae

 Analeptura lineola (Say)

Description and Taxonomy

Size 6-12mm, males smaller and more slender than females. The color pattern is variable, especially the extent of coverage of the yellow stripes on the elytra. This is the only member of the genus, but separating this species from members of other, similar genera can be challenging. The key and description in Linsley and Chemsak (1972) and characters described and illustrated by Yanega (1996) are the best published references. 

Life History

Larval hosts include a variety of hardwood trees (birch, hornbeam, ironwood, pine). Adults are diurnal and commonly observed foraging on a wide variety of flowers from May-August (Linsley and Chemsak 1972). This is one of the most abundant day-flying long-horned beetles in GSMNP.


Widely distributed throughout eastern North America. In GSMNP it probably occurs parkwide at low and medium elevations.

Conservation Concerns

Not under threat.

Live female on wild hydrangea, Great Smoky Mountians National Park (Charles Wilder).

Locality records in GSMNP.


Development of these pages was supported by grants from Discover Life in America and the National Science Foundation (DEB-0516311). Photograph of live specimen courtesy Charles Wilder.


Linsley, E. G., and J. A. Chemsak. 1972. Cerambycidae of North America. Part VI. No. 2. Taxonomy and Classification of the Subfamily Lepturinae. University of California Publications in Entomology 80,  ix+186 pp.

Yanega, D. 1996. Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorn Beetles.  Illinois Natural History Surve Manual 6, x+174 pp.

Posted 14 Aug. 2006, C. E. Carlton, Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.

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