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Coleoptera of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Species Pages

Family Cerambycidae

            Subfamily Lepturinae

 Anthophylax cyaneus (Haldeman)

Description and Taxonomy

Length 11-16mm. This species may be distinguished from other metallic members of the genus by the near absence of a longitudinal impression (weakly impressed) on the pronotum, less acute pronotal tubercles (From A. hoffmani), and the reddish legs, especially the femora (from A. viridis). Females are more robust than males. The generic key and description in Linsley and Chemsak (1972) and characters described and illustrated by Yanega (1996) are the best published references for identification. 

Life History

According to Linsley and Chemsak (1972) confusion exists about host preferences, with both conifers and hardwoods listed by various authors. Adults visit flowers and fly May-July. 


This is predominantly a northern species, occurring in northeastern U.S., but is recorded as far south as Georgia (Linsley and Chemsak 1972).

Conservation Concerns

The species is not known to be under threat.

Locality records in GSMNP.


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


Linsley, E. G., and J. A. Chemsak. 1972. Cerambycidae of North America. Part VI. No. 1. Taxonomy and Classification of the Subfamily Lepturinae. University of California Publications in Entomology 69,  xiii+138 pp, 2 pl.

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

Posted 8 Sep. 2006, C. E. Carlton, Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.

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