Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Goa, India
January 28, 2013 11:48 am
I took this picture in Goa, India. It’s body is about 5 cm. Do you know the name of it.
Kind Regards,
Alfons (Netherlands)
Signature: Alfons

Mango Stem Borer

Hi Alforns,
Your Longhorned Borer Beetle is
Batocera rufomaculata, the Mango Stem Borer.  It can be especially troublesome on plantations where its hosts plants are grown.  Even native insects can become serious agricultural pests because farms and plantations do not generally have much plant diversity.  An insect that feeds on a particular plant has a ready food source and the infestation can spread from one tree or plant to the next quite easily.

Location: India

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