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Banded Ash Borer

Neoclytus caprea


20+mm longBlack beetles, males with white markings on the elytra, females with yellow markings. Both sexes with black and yellow stripes below. Head, thorax and legs covered with white hairs.


Deciduous hardwood forest.


When I first spotted these beetles I thought they were large hornets. When I got a closer look I saw that they were beetles and there were many of them on some downed brush. The two beetles in this photo were easily the largest. They were very active so I couldn't get a good measurement, but I'd estimate the male was over 20mm and the female 25-30mm. Most of the other beetles looked to be males and were in the 15-20mm range. They were less mobile so much easier to measure. There was one other pair that looked to be in the 20-25mm range. Found along Redbud trail. 14

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Aaron_G 8 years ago

Glad your insects finally started showing themselves! :-)

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Gorgeous pictures Keith! :)

KeithRoragen 8 years ago

Thanks Luis. I was super excited to find them. We've had a cold Spring so far and the trees haven't even leafed out. I was worried I'd come up empty.

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Nice find Keith!

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Nebraska, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2013
Submitted on Apr 29, 2013

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