white & black beetle/grasshopper?
Sun, May 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM
we live in south louisiana….we have some very unusual bugs but this is 1 tops em……it was on my car…..it is black & white….it has a thorn on each side of its neck ….very long feelers…..the underneath of its legs look like hearts….please lemme know what yall think it could be…..it is pretty vicous,,,,
Montegut , Louisiana
This is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator, and there is little likelihood that it would be confused with any other insect since it is so distinctive. BugGuide lists its range as “Eastern and Central United States. In east, found north of Washington, DC. (Apparently absent from Carolinas, Florida) ” typically near riverbanks and other places where its host trees willows and cottonwood grow. Almost all of our reports have been from Oklahoma and Texas.