Yellow Beetle with Black Spots?
Location: Amarillo, TX
August 5, 2010 8:12 pm
My 6 year old daughter found this big guy (about 2.25 inches long) in our back yard under out granny smith apple tree. We watched him for a little while and then i used a twig to help him into some of the higher branches of the tree so that my 4 year old son wouldn’t squish him. (ahh, little boys!) Can you tell us what this guy is?
Your insect is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator. BugGuide lists the range as: “Eastern and Central United States. In east, found north of Washington, DC.” but virtually all the reports we have received over the years have been from Texas and Oklahoma.