A cosmopolitan family of large beetles (Coleoptera) with over 20,000 described species. The adults bear very long antennae (therefore “long-horned beetles”) that can be moved backwards. Their elongated bodies may be ornamented with various cryptic colors. The larvae have a small head, a large prothorax and very small legs, and they bore in dead, dying or live tree trunks and branches.

Middle Eastern pests include Batocera rufomaculata, Cerambyx dux, Chlorophorus varius, Jebusaea hammerschmidti, Macrotoma palmata and Phoracantha semipunctata.


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Monné M.A. and Hovore, F.t. 2005. Electronic checklist of the Cerambycidae of the Western Hemisphere. 393 pp.

Sama G., Buse, J., Orbach, E., Friedman, A.L.L., Rittner, O.O. and Chikatunov, V.V. 2010. A new catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of Israel with notes on their distribution and host plants. Munis Entomology & Zoology 5: 1-51.