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Locust Borer

Megacyllene robiniae

Description:

Black longhorn beetle with yellow transverse bands. The third band on the elytra is W-shaped. These beetles are endemic to eastern North America.

Habitat:

Spotted in a rural backyard.

Notes:

The larvae of this beetle feed on Black Locust. They are considered a serious pest as previously weakened or damaged trees are often killed by infestations of the larvae.

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24 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks Hari and Rick :)

Hariprasad V N
Hariprasad V N a year ago

Congratulations ! Excellent photo.

RickBohler
RickBohler a year ago

Congratulations Christine.... Awesome shots too!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Your welcome, Christine....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks Felix and maplemoth!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Congratulations Christine, for getting the SOTW, for this week.....

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Fantastic shots! Congrats, Christine.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks Mark - perfect terminology "spectacular pest"!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thank you Brian

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations. Such a spectacular pest.

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations Christine! A well deserved SOTW!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks so much for SOTW and for highlighting the problems this pest species can cause!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Christine, your locust borer has been voted Spotting of the Week! The series of images, information, mission assignment, reference, multiple tags and general interest of this spotting were appreciated.

"A serious pest to black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia), this Locust Borer (Megacyllene robiniae) is our Spotting of the Week. This longhorn beetle (family Cerambycidae) is endemic to eastern North America. Its geographic range has grown over the years with the expansion of R. pseudoacacia. Larvae spend the winter hibernating within the bark and start burrowing at springtime. With infestation tree trunks and branches can weaken and become susceptible to wind breakage.
Find out more about locust borers here: https://buff.ly/2fqY3P0 "

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maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Congratulations, on your nomination....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thank you for the nomination!

AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks SukanyaDatta :)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

An absolute OMG shot!!!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thank you Rick and Jim!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

Interesting posting, and excellent photography, Christine. Well done!

RickBohler
RickBohler a year ago

Nice capture!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Your welcome, Christine Y.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Thanks maplemoth

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Beautiful photos...

Christine Y.
Spotted by
Christine Y.

Rhode Island, USA

Lat: 41.69, Long: -71.66

Spotted on Sep 17, 2017
Submitted on Sep 18, 2017

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