what is this?
Location: Webberville, MI
May 23, 2011 4:09 pm
black and yellow looking ricket/grasshopper
You didn’t provide us with terribly much information, and information is a great assistance with species identification. Perhaps your internet provider or cellular telephone provider has a character limit on texting, or maybe you just didn’t have time. Since it is spring, we believe this is a Hickory Borer, Megacyllene caryae, a species that is very difficult to distinguish from its close relative the Locust Borer which appears in the fall and is often found on goldenrod feeding on pollen and nectar. The majority of sightings of the Hickory Borer on BugGuide are from February through April and there are none in late May. Perhaps this individual emerged from firewood you had in your home, and the interior temperatures affected its biological clock. It is believed that both species, as well as numerous other Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae, mimic wasps for protection since many wasps (including Yellow Jackets) are capable of stinging and beetles are not.