A week ago this bug in the attached picture showed up in my back yard in Allen, Texas just outside of Dallas. This bug’s very presence terrifies my wife and she needs to know what its call. It’s about two inches long not including antennae and legs. If you would be so kind as to identify my wife would appreciate it.
This is a Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus. It is not an aggressive species and it will not try to attack your wife. She should, however, be aware that if she tries to pick up the Hardwood Stump Borer, it has very powerful jaws and can give a painful bite that might draw blood. Tell your wife that if she tries to handle the next Hardwood Stump Borer she encounters, she should use caution.