Division of Arthropods

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Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Division of Arthropods
Museum of Southwestern Biology
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Spotted Tylosis Beetle

Spotted Tylosis Beetle

Photo by D.C. Lightfoot

Hexapoda, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Tylosis maculatus

Description: Medium elongate orange beetle with black markings and long antennae. Body size and pattern of black markings are variable. Several similar appearing species occur in New Mexico.

Geographic Distribution: Throughout New Mexico. Native.

Habitats: Open areas, yards, where mallows grow. Larvae live in and feed on the dead roots of wild mallows. Adults are often on mallow flower.

Biology: Adults occur in the mid-summer, larvae are present in mallow roots year round.

Health/pest Status: Not pests, spotted tylosis beetles only feed on dead mallow roots. They do not attack dry building wood.