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Asian Longhorned Beetle

The Asian Longhorned Beetle is a large black beetle with roughly 20 white spots on its shiny back as well as two distinctive and very long antennae. The beetle is native to Eastern China and is often called the old cow beetle by local children because it resembles a miniature farm cow with its long horns and stocky build. Adult Asian Longhorned Beetles can reach 1.5 inches (4 cm) or more in length. They are able to fly for short distances, which is their preferred method to get onto trees to feed on the leaves. Their favorite trees are Chinese Poplar ubiquitous in many cities in China. The upper sections of the legs of the adults are whitish-blue and the two antennae have a black and white alternating pattern. There are two sharp spikes on each side of the neck so they must be picked up with care. The Asian Longhorned Beetle makes for a great trophy insect for its imposing form among children in China.

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