What’s this bug (see attached photos)
Dear Bug Man,
A year or so ago I found this monster crawling on the side of my house (in Bedford, Texas). It’s 1.5" body and specific markings sets it apart from any other local bugs we’ve commonly seen around here. Anything you can offer in the way of identification will be appreciated. Incidentally, I came upon your website trying to find out what the numerous insects are that we see flying around each Spring that look like giant mosquitoes. Your site shows Crane Flies that have a similar look, but we can’t be certain. Thanks for your help.
Frank Atzert
Bedford, TX

Hi Frank,
Thanks to your excellent photo with scale, no one should ever have a problem identifying a Cottonwood Borer, Plectodera scalator.

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