Black / Orange Beetle with large orange tail
July 8, 2010
Saw this large Black and orange tailed beetle in my garden in upstate NY, near the capital. One of the biggest bugs I am seen around this area. Can you help identify it?
Sincerely Ryan
Upstate NY

Broad Necked Root Borer

Hi Ryan,
This is a female Broad Necked Root Borer,
Prionus laticollis, a species that we have posted several images of in the past few days.  The orange tail that you describe is her ovipositor and she uses it to bury her eggs where the hatchling larvae have access to roots, their food source.

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