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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?
Z Wilkerson

Cottonwood Borer

Hi Z,
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.

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