Red Oak Sawyer
July 13, 2009
This lovely lady was sitting on my back porch during a rainstorm in july. She was very slow moving and docile, although when i got to bothersome she made a high pitched squealing/croaking sound. I waited for the rain to stop and returned her to the backyard.
Thanks so much for providing us with these excellent images of a Red Oak Borer, Enaphalodes rufulus. According to BugGuide: “Two-year life cycle. Eggs are laid beneath the scales of the bark on living oak (or sometimes maple) trees. Larvae feed beneath the bark for the first year, then migrate to heartwood for second year. They overwinter as larvae and pupate in spring, emerge in spring and summer. Can be abundant enough to cause substantial damage at times. Adults come to lights.“