Amongst the most instantly recognisable of beetles on account of their long antennae, the Cerambycids are wood-boring beetles and, in many cases, serious pests. Adults of some species (Subfamily Lamiinae: Tribe Onicederini) use the powerful jaws to chop branches (Fig 9), depositing their egg directly into the open wound where the larvae can grow. Cerambycids are a cosmopolitan family with some 20,000 species described worldwide - amongst them some of the largest of all insects.

Relevant Resources
For people interested in Cerambycidae the following electronic resources are highly recommended.
Cerambycids.com Downloads and information about this group
Catalogue of the New World Cerambycidae Photographs of the vast majority of the New World Taxa

The Paraguayan Cerambycids are classified into 7 subfamilies. A total of 509 species have been recorded in Paraguay, of which 25 are considered endemic to the country.  Endemic species are marked with EN.
Click on the links below for access to species lists for each of the subfamilies based on Monné MA & Hovore FT 2005 - Checklist of the Cerambycidae of the Western Hemisphere Online Edition - click the link to download the entire publication from Cerambycids.com.
The number in brackets after the subfamilial name refers to the number of species in each subfamily currently documented in Paraguay.

Subfamily Parandrinae Blanchard, 1845 (1)

Subfamily Anoplodermatinae Guérin-Méneville, 1840 (4)

Subfamily Prioninae Latreille, 1804 (19)

Subfamily Cerambycinae Latreille, 1802 (295)

Subfamily Lepturinae Latreille, 1804 (2)

Subfamily Lamiinae Latreille, 1825 (187)

Subfamily Disteniinae Thomson, 1860 (1)
Thanks to Carlos Aguilar Julio and Gino Nearns for his help with Cerambycid Identification
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