What am I?
Location: southern jersey shore (miles south of Atlantic City)
July 8, 2011 10:23 pm
I found this little one in my office/garage, crawling around, with a very unamused wife. With everyone wanting me to squish it, I figure if i name it, and make it a pet, they cant kill it… But I would like to know what it is first.
She is all black, with 6 legs, a hard shell with lines straight down its back, the shell doesnt seem to be connected to the lower part of the body, and head and middle section are articulated. She wouldnt stand straight to get and exact length, but my dial caliper says she is about 2” long.
This is our featured Bug of the Month for July 2011, the Broad Necked Root Borer, Prionus laticollis. You may read more about her on BugGuide as well. According to BugGuide, adults eat foliage of fruit trees and grape vines, so try feeding her fresh leaves daily.