Red Headed Ash Borer

black and yellow wings
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 6:43 PM
black and yellow wings, six legs, reddish head. found several recently in our house, they have wings but does not fly very well. we think they are coming from some unburnt wood in our fireplace. starting noticing them mid december in the houston texas area.
houston texas

Red Headed Ash Borer
Red Headed Ash Borer

Hi Natalie,
Your suspicions about the unburnt wood are probably correct. Your photos are quite blurry, but we are relatively certain that this is a Red Headed Ash Borer, Neoclytus acuminatus. The larvae feed on the sapwood of ash and other hardwoods and were probably in the wood when it was brought into the house.

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