New bug that we keep finding…what is it?
Location: Central Texas
February 12, 2012 6:00 pm
I live in Central Texas. In the last two weeks, I’ve been finding this bug in various places around the house (1-bathtub, 1-on some firewood we keep by the fireplace, 1-by front door, 1-crawling across living room floor). They are obviously not nocturnal. I’ve tried searching similarities on the web, but am not finding anything that resembles it closely. It must not be too common, so what is it?
Signature: All Bugged Out
Dear All Bugged Out,
The mention of the firewood is significant as this is a Longhorned Borer Beetle, possibly a Banded Ash Borer, Neoclytus caprea, or another member of the genus. According to BugGuide, the larva feeds on the wood of oak and ash and they “Usually feeds on sick, dying or recently dead trees.”