The burnt pine longicorn beetle is found in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, North Africa, and the countries between the Black and Caspian Seas and Syria and Israel.
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The risk to Australia
If introduced into Australia the burnt pine longicorn beetle will have devastating effects on our forest and construction industries. The larvae cause damage to pine timber, used for construction, by tunnelling in the wood and reducing the quality of the timber.
What the burnt pine longicorn beetle looks like
Adult beetles range from 12 to 30 millimetres in length and are reddish brown to black in colour. The length of their antennae is about half their body length in females and three–quarters of their body length in males. Female beetles lay eggs in groups of five to 50. The mature larvae are about 25 millimetres long, creamy white in colour and cylindrical in shape.
What to look for
The burnt pine longicorn beetle is likely to enter Australia on ships, imported timber or machinery and other cargo from New Zealand. Look for adult beetles seeking shelter in dark secluded areas during daylight and in imported cargo or vessels. Adults are active from dusk to dawn and are attracted to light.
SEE. SECURE. REPORT.
If you see this pest or any other pest that you think may have hitchhiked to Australia, contain it where possible and immediately report it to the department on 1800 798 636.
For safety consult a departmental entomologist before handling specimens.