Acrocinus longimanus male and female

Jorge Ignacio Mesa Alvarez

The harlequin woodcutter (Acrocinus longimanus) is a tropical bettle from America, whose distribution spreads from the South of Mexico to Brasil, and it ows to the bettle family of longhorns. It is popularly known as woodcutter due to larvae eat wood, usually rubber, and harlequin because of the elaborated pattern of black, red and greenish yellow colours in the wings cover of both genders. The species’s scientific name is due to its long fornt paws, which in males mesure up to twice its body. The harlequin woodcutter is a nocturnal insect  that is often near from house’s light during the night. It has little thorns in the side of the torax and, if it is trapped through the wings, its abdomen movement produces a characteristic noise that helps to scary its enemies in order to escape.

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