Velvet Longhorned Beetle

Trichoferus campestris

Trichoferus campestris

Photo by Christopher Pierce, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Survey Information

The velvet longhorned beetle (Trichoferus campestris) is native in Asia and Russia and feeds primarily on orchard trees.  It is able to feed on a variety of trees including hardwoods and cut spruce and pine.  The velvet longhorned beetle (VLB) was first detected in 2009 in a county in Illinois.  In 2010, VLB was found in south Salt Lake City.  VLB was found to be infesting hickory style bark furniture in Minnesota in 2016.  Little is known of its biology, but is believed to be spreading by moving fire wood, infested dry timbers, and wood furniture

Surveys for VLB in Wyoming by USDA APHIS-PPQ started in 2018. Cross vane panel traps with a Trichoferus campestris lure are placed throughout the state from May through September. VLB has not been found in Wyoming. 



Contact Us

WY CAPS Program

University of Wyoming

Dept. Ecosystem Science & Management: 3354

1000 East University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-5278


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