What insect/borer did the granddaughter see a mile away (attached

loger_gwJanuary 30, 2013

What insect/borer did the granddaughter see a mile away (attached) that I finally found one of? It got away thinking I just needed to bag the dead acting bug. Now I'm noticing bore holes in dry wood on the patio and some inside. I moved the inside starter wood back outside into the sunlight. I feel the warm weather and sunlight drew them out yesterday. My wife said the grand spotted them all over 1-3" dry oak and pecan used as starter wood. I think I saw these insects years ago and thought they were Yellow Jacket Wasp (until I noticed they could hardly fly). I feel what I am seeing today is the same insect at the link below (a Longhorned beetle). What is your opinion and experiences?

How dangerous are the insects to the house and Grand (will have to be very quick to catch the grand?? I try to notice for any bore holes and leave wood if found. Our worst experience was loosing an approx 5-8 year old Red Oak to bores that looks like grub worms (white except the head, almost as large and large as your small finger). I have found, heard the boring and seen the results (dust piles) of the same looking grub in fresh cut Mesquite (with no signs before) until it seasons.


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A couple things that might help a person to identify an insect-
How LONG is it?
What part of the country?

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 4:07PM
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bill_kapaun, Approx .5 long "body", in DFW North, Tx.. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:30PM
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It's a Banded Ash Borer. The Emerald ash borer has killed many of my black ash trees. I had one break at the base and fall and lean on a second ash, which is now leaning on a third ash, and all three are being held up by a strong Shagbark Hickory.

I'd cut them all down if they weren't 60' tall !!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 7:47PM
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From my entomologist friend-
"The lost the attachment after I looked at it but I peeked long enough to see it was a long-horned beetle. There are probably many that look like it, but tell your friends to google images of long-horned beetles in Texas. They should also try to use the family name, Cerambycidae, if the common name doesn't pan out. Maybe it's a "Texas long-horned"?"

"Hi again Bill,
The beetle is probably in the genus Clytus, but I can't get it any closer than that without spending a bunch of time. Longhorned beetle grubs live and bore in wood. The adults of the genus in the photo feed on pollen. I've seen many Clytus species on various daisy-type flowers (sunflower family)."

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 7:37PM
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