Which longhorn are you?
QTHEO MOSTERT from Goodwood writes: I photographed this beetle on the Piekenierskloof Pass near Citrusdal in a stand of cultivated wild fig trees. The trees were clearly their hosts because the wood was full of holes. I often travel that way and have never seen these beetles before. Are they indigenous or did they arrive with the fig trees?
AEntomologist DUNCAN MACFADYEN says: This is a Cape PondoPondo longhorn beetle. It’s an indigenous species that belongs to the family Cerambycidae. It’s a large species: Adults can reach a length of 37 mm. The beetles lay their eggs in slits in bark, using their strong mandibles to cut through decaying wood. The larvae bore into rooibos tea bushes, and are also expected to impact black wattle and cassia trees.