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Locust Borer
Cerambycidae
Megacyllene robiniae
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest
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Cerambycidae Family
Megacyllene Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

This specimen was found in Utah.

Description

Black and yellow stripes, a very striking pattern that creates a distinctive "W" at it's shoulders. When sitting, it looks like a beetle, when flying it looks like a wasp. Reddish Legs.

General information about Locust Borer :

Feeds mostly on Black Locust Trees.
Female chews or bores holes into the bark of a tree and lays one egg at a time. The pupae then bore further into the tree to develop into adults. They usually emerge late in summer.

These insects have a sweet tooth, they usually eat pollen and nectar, but can be found snacking on almost anything that tastes sweet.
Creatures like these are known to cause "Widow Makers"; giant tree limbs that can break off from high above, sometimes crashing down on individuals while they sleep.
To combat these insects you will mostly just need to keep your tree watered during drought and if it gets bad you can apply a single dose of Carbaryl.
en.wikipedia.org wiki Carbaryl

Looks like:
Megacyllene caryae
Megacyllene decora



Locust Borer
A closeup of the Locust Borer Beetle. The sap was sweet, just like the Locust Borer prefers.



Locust Borer
Locust Borer drinking nectar from the tree.



Locust Borer
A Locust Borer drinking nectar from a sick American Elm Tree.



Locust Borer
The colorful black and yellow stripes of the locust borer beetle.



Locust Borer
An adult Locust Borer Beetle searching for nectar on an American Elm Tree.

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Biocentric333
Biocentric333
November 11, 2010
What a weird looking bug. Neat images!

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