Longicorn Beetle - Cerambycidae Sp. - Hesthesis angulatus

Anyone got an ID on this one ? (There's a very good chance this is a type of Sawfly, as suggested by multiple sources now)

Found this guy sitting on a blade of tall grass in my front yard (Cedar Creek, Qld). He seemed to be poking his tongue in and out (the orangey thing on the end of the snout).

Location: Cedar Creek (30km NW of Brisbane), Queensland, Australia

Size: About 2 - 2.5 cm long.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 13th February 2008, This photo: 10:32am

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  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    No idea what species/genus it is, but that's a good shot. Focus looks good, DOF is great. Nice work.
    Accessed through FlickrFox. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    It's been suggested it might be some sort of sawfly.

    The DoF is still marginally too narrow (tricky stuff this macro work), focus was a bit of a fluke - used AF and hand-held.
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    I think it may be some sort of Paper Wasp?
  • David de Groot said:
    Apparently it's probably a sawfly (which are related to wasps and ants).
  • Jack High said:
    Very interesting. Its body shape certainly suggests a sawfly, but I can find no examples of a species with that colouring. Nice shot though.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Me neither, and I note the antennae are longer than in most examples I've seen too. I'll go with the general description of sawfly until someone proves us all wrong.

    I've just sent an inquiry to the Queensland Museum in the hope someone there might know what it is.
  • @w c'mon said:
    Cerambycidae: Sp.
    -Hesthesis angulatus
  • David de Groot said:
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Thanks. Now we can all sleep tonight :)
    (thanks Dave for the icon thingy education)
  • David de Groot said:
    No probs Warwick :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    Great shot dave!

    So when are you purchasing yourself a ring flash!? :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Bennie. As convenient as a ring flash would be, I can make do with the two speedlites I have already and just set them up on stands like I did with the moth. :)
  • mgjefferies said:
    I note that angulatus is a WA species.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogcodes] Well that is interesting... any idea what the local SE Qld species is ?
  • el ocotero said:
    Definitely a Hesthesis - looks like Hesthesis cingulata, which is a widely distributed eastern Australian species.