Subject: Striking black and white beetle!
Location: Seattle, Washington
August 1, 2012 10:33 am
My husband sent me a text with this picture of a large black and white striped beetle with incredible antennae (also striped)and asked me what it was. I work in fisheries but have no idea when it comes to bugs, so I did some internet searches and could only find pictures of beetles with more mottled black and white coloration, not the very distinct stripes this guy has. Just wondering if you guys can tell me what it is?
Signature: From a curious ichthyologist
Dear curious ichthyologist,
This might well be our favorite North American beetle, the Banded Alder Borer. It is found in the western portion of North America. It really is a stunning looking beetle.