bug identification
January 19, 2010
Hello! I found this bug on my patio on July 30, 2009 in Swiftwater, PA. I haven’t found anyone who can help me identify it yet. Do you know what it is? He’s pretty cool looking! He was about an inch and a half long (body, that is).
Swiftwater, PA

Purplescent Longhorn Beetle

Hi Susan,
This is sure a handsome beetle.  It is a Purplescent Longhorn in the genus Purpuricenus, which is well represented on BugGuide.  Our choice for the species is Purpuricenus humeralis, which is found in the Eastern states according to BugGuide.

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