Location: Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
September 11, 2011 3:51 pm
Found this magnificent (and large) beetle in the lawn in Central Oregon. Found Sep. 2011 at 4400’ during a typical 80o fall day. It was the only one like it that we’ve seen here. My searches on other beetle sites didn’t uncover anything close,
This lovely beetle is a female California Root Borer, Prionus californicus, and you can see a matching photo on BugGuide.
This beetle’s ovipositor is protruding from the end of the abdomen.