2 beetles seen in Montana
Location:  NW Montana, Glacier NP
September 13, 2010 6:32 pm
Greetings Bugman!
You have a wonderful site! My grandson and I found it a year or so ago.
I am trying to identify 2 kinds of beetles (there is a 3rd in the photo, but tiny)that I photographed on some white spirea at Glacier NP last month.
Can you help me identify them? I searched the site, but probably not the right search word combos.
You may use the photos with attribution if you like.
Gretchen F.
Seattle, WA
P.S. I have a link to your site on my blog
Signature:  backyardnotes

Ornate Checkered Beetle and Mating Flower Longhorns

Hi Gretchen,
Thanks for the complimentary letter.  We believe the black and yellow beetle is an Ornate Checkered Beetle,
Trichodes ornatus, based on BugGuide images, but since its head is buried in the inflorescence, positive identification may not be possible.  The mating pair appear to be some species of Flower Longhorn in the subfamily Lepturinae, possibly Xestoleptura crassipes, also pictured on BugGuide.

Many thanks, Daniel! I just have that ‘need to know’ gene and when I post photos on my blog I like to have an identification.
And, thanks for the link to BugGuide! I will add that to my links list.
Gretchen Flickinger

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