Anoplophora (genus)

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Anoplophora Hope, 1839

The genus is native to Asia and contains more than 30 species of wood-boring long-horned beetles. The adults lay eggs into the bark of trees and the larvae tunnel in the wood of the stems, branches and roots. Several species have been accidentally introduced into Europe and North America through the shipment of infested wood containing larvae or infested bonsai trees. The Asian longhorn beetle and the citrus longhorned beetle have become serious agricultural pests. They attack live and healthy trees as well as stressed trees and can cause tree death. The species are often polyphagous, attacking a range of forest and fruit trees.

The adults are medium to large (up to 5 cm long) and often colourful with patterns of conspicuous dots and bands. The antennae are clearly longer than the body.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: