July 2, 2011 2:46 pm
There have been lots of these beetles on my dad’s rose bushes, but they don’t appear to be doing any harm to the roses. If you get close to them or disturb the plant they are on, they will fly away quickly.
Signature: Denny P
This is one of the Flower Longhorns in the subfamily Lepturinae. We browsed through the pages of BugGuide and we believe we have correctly identified your beetle as Strangalia famelica. BugGuide notes: “famelica is Latin for ‘famished, starved’, likely referring to the attenuated abdomen.” There are two subspecies and Strangalia famelica famelica can be found east of the Appalachian Mountains. Flower Longhorns feed on nectar and pollen and they do not harm the flowers as your email has indicated.