Subject: beetle with orange ”antlers” – central Ohio
Location: north central Ohio
September 14, 2013 7:08 pm
A friend saw this beetle on his screen door tonight. He said it was about an inch long. I thought maybe it was a variegated June beetle, but it has pincers and it looks like it’s shiny. This was seen in north central Ohio.
Signature: Sharon G
September 15, 2013 5:56 AM
I finally found it: identified it as a male Sandalus niger. Thanks!
We are happy to learn you have identified your male Cedar Beetle, Sandalus niger. The Cicada Parasite Beetles resemble Scarab Beetles, but they diverge at the suborder level of taxonomy. This is not a commonly reported species to our site, so we are very happy to have a new photograph. We originally posted an image of a Cedar Beetle two years ago and that was the first representative on our site, and it was also from central Ohio. According to BugGuide: “Larvae probably feed on Cycada nymphs. Adults very short lived.”