Brown Beetle
Location: Central Florida
April 10, 2012 9:32 pm
I found this huge beetle on our front window. Do you know what kind it is?
Signature: Shari

Hardwood Stump Borer

Dear Shari,
This magnificent creature is
Mallodon dasystomus, commonly called the Hardwood Stump Borer.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae bore in live heartwood of trees, esp. oak, sycamore, take 3-4 years to mature. Can be economically damaging. Adults attracted to UV lights.”  While this is not a venomous species, a nip from those “robust, gigantic jaws” would likely be quite painful and could possibly draw blood.

Location: Florida

2 Responses to Hardwood Stump Borer

  1. mct5548 says:

    They definitely can draw blood. I speak from personal experience.

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