Beetle in a bee’s clothing
June 28, 2010
Hi – we found this beautiful beetle in our basement, close to the woodpile, but I have never seen anything like it before. We live in central New Brunswick. Any thoughts? Should I be concerned about having this in my house?
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Sugar Maple Borer

Hi panache,
This spectacular beetle is a Sugar Maple Borer, Glycobius speciosus.  According to BugGuide, it is “
Large and robust, slightly convex in profile. Dense yellow pubescence on dorsal surface forms a distinctive pattern. Appears to be a mimic of Yellowjackets, genus Vespula.

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