Sandalus petrophya

Cicada Parasite Beetle / Cedar Beetle

Sandalus petrophya, West Virginia photo of Cicada Parasite Beetle


Family: Rhipiceridae

Length: 12 - 25 mm in this family

Length: 12 - 18 mm in this species


Beetles in Rhipiceridae are elongate and coarsely punctate. Males have flabellate antennae (like a Japanese fan). The scutellum is not hidden. The tarsal formula is 5-5-5, and the tarsomeres are heart-shaped (Evans 2014).

Sandalus petrophya is found across much of the eastern United States, but is not found in Canada or Mexico.

In Beetles of Eastern North America (2014), Arthur Evans comments that "Several undescribed species of Sandalus occur in the Southeast."

These beetles are found flying and perching on hardwood trunks in July and August.

Photo data: 26 July 2012. Male beetle. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia.

Sandalus petrophya, Cicada Parasite Beetle photo from West Virginia

Sandalus petrophya, Cedar Beetle photo

Note that this is both the family page for Rhipiceridae and the species page for Sandalus petrophya