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Batocera humeridens - Michael Burleigh

NAME: Michael Burleigh
WEB: www.mikehb.com
COUNTRY: Australia
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TITLE: Batocera humeridens
TECHNIQUE: Digital raster
YEAR: 2014
PUBLISHED: NO WHERE: Sydney
DESCRIPTION: Batocera humeridens is a large, conspicuous species, about 55mm long, belonging to the family of Lamiinae, or flat-faced longhorn beetles Cerambycidae. As larvae, longhorn beetles live inside living or dead wood, or timber, and are commonly known as "roundheaded borers" due to their distinctive appearance. Overpopulation of larvae can cause extensive damage, leading to crop destruction, deforestation, or property damage. B. humeridens specifically is a pest of woody fruit trees, such as Mangifera and Ficus, giving them the common name "mango stem borer". Pest control methods include killing larvae with a long wire and plugging the holes to prevent re-infestation, with pesticides having limited effectiveness. This artwork is one in a series of illustrated beetle pests of Timor-Leste, completed during a Natural History Illustration (Honours) degree at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The series was illustrated digitally, in Adobe Photoshop on a Wacom
Intuos4 tablet.
CATEGORY: Student
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS: No