Subject: Unknown Insect!
Location: Binnaguri,West Bengal
April 15, 2014 3:42 am
It was attracted to the lights……though i dn’t knw if it’s a beetle or something else!
This appears to be a Mango Stem Borer, Batocera rufomaculata, a species that is considered a serious agricultural pest of mangos, figs and several other commercially grown trees. According to Carnivora, the hosts include: “edible fig, mango, guava, jackfruit, pomegranate, apple, rubber, and walnut. In India recorded for more than 30 different host plants.” When crops are grown commercially, there is not much diversity in the field, and when food supplies are plentiful, species that feed on those plants also proliferate. In a forest where trees are rarely homogenous and where natural predators are also present, the balance of nature keeps things under control. Modern agricultural methods, with large swathes of land devoted to growing a single crop, create an ecosystem that is out of balance. This individual may have been attracted to the lights in your home.