Orange and Black Bug
Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM
We were enjoying a 4th of July BBQ in Cave Creek, AZ when this guy decided to join us. Right after I snapped the picture on my iPhone (attached) he flew away. His body was about an inch long. Can you help me figure out what kind of bug this is?
Desert Knight’s Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
This really is an attractive Cerambycid or Longhorned Borer Beetle. We searched on BugGuide until we properly identified it as a Long Jawed Longhorn Beetle, Trachyderes mandibularis. It is found from Texas to California and south to Guatemala. Also, according to BugGuide, “Males have particularly long mandibles” which would indicate that perhaps your beetle is a female. It seems that females of the Long Jawed Longhorn Beetle have antennae nearly as long as those of the males.