Not a Twig Girdler, but what??
Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM
We live in Oklahoma in a mostly natural forrest of about 200 acres, creeks, bluffs and trees. This bug was on the patio as we were buildiing a cabinet. We have evidence of Twig Girdlers…branches cut off on the ground with green leaves still in tact. So I thought it may be one, but it did not have the distinctive markings a Girdler has. The tenacles are very long, and the length of the bug is about 2-3 inches and the mouth appears to be large enough to be used in biting or cutting. It is slightly more yellow than the picture shows with a definite black pattern. Any ideas?
Your Longhorned Borer Beetle is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator. Most of our photos of this spectacular beetle come from Texas and Oklahoma.