Subject: what’s this insect?
Location: downtown Chico, CA
July 13, 2012 1:09 pm
I took this photo outside of the B of A downtown in Chico, CA yesterday. 7-12-12. It seemed out of place, had mouth Pincers.
It was very hot on the concrete…stayed to the shade. Started to mobilize wings once, but didn’t fly.
Looks like a beautiful piece of art…my husband called it the ”tiger beetle”. Is it poisonous/bad for the environment here? What is it’s normal environment?
Signature: Elizabeth Devereaux
Even though we just posted another photo of a Banded Alder Borer, we think it is such a beautiful beetle we are posting your photo as well. Larvae are borers in dead wood, but not processed or milled wood, so they are not considered harmful. You can find additional information on this lovely Longhorned Borer Family member by reading what is posted on Bugguide.