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Coleoptera of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Species Pages

Family Cerambycidae

            Subfamily Lepturinae

 Anthophylax viridis LeConte

Description and Taxonomy

Length 12-17mm. This species may be distinguished from other metallic members of the genus by the weak or absent longitudinal impression on the pronotum (from A. hoffmani), darker legs, especially the femora, and finer pronotal punctures (from A. cyaneus). 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) larvae feed on wood of beech, birch, and maple. Adults visit Rhododendron and Rubus flowers and fly June-July. Only four specimens have been seen from GSMNP, two from malaise traps and two hand collected.


The species occurs in eastern and northeastern U.S., as far south as North Carolina (Linsley and Chemsak 1972). In GSMNP it is known from a few localities in the northeastern part of the park at low to intermediate elevations.

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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