I’ve never seen anything like this!
Location: Lake Mary, FL
May 30, 2011 2:46 pm
I live in Central Florida near Orlando. A couple of nights ago I found this bug (which I believe is some type of roach) sitting right in front of my pantry. I apologize in advance, but im kind of terrified of bugs so I sprayed it with poison… However, 36 hours later it’s still alive which is confusing. Nobody I know has ANY idea what this is. Its body is 1 1/2 inches long but the antanae are at least twice the length of the body and it has 4 silver spots on its back. Please help me identify this if possible.
Signature: Dustin N.
This is an Ivory Marked Beetle, Eburia quadrigeminata, and though it is still alive 36 hours after being doused with poison, we fear it has not long for this world as the inside of a plastic bag is not its typical habitat. We are tagging this as an example of Unnecessary Carnage. The larvae bore into the heartwood of a variety of hardwood trees including ash, oak, hickory, locust, chestnut, maple, elm, beech and cherry. According to BugGuide: “Notorious for emerging from furniture after as many as 10-40 yrs” and “Delayed emergence of E. quadrigeminata was discovered from a birch bookcase 40 years old.”