Subject: Beetle-like Insect on Rotting Mango
Location: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. GPS: 18.345442,-64.896659
June 27, 2013 4:37 pm
This critter has been bugging me for a number of years. It likes rotting fruit but absolutely loves to go after young corn. It nibbles away at the base of the ear, leaving a blackish goo and killing the ear. It decimated my back yard corn crop a couple of years ago and I have not been able to replant successfully since.
What is it and how do I gently dissuade it from nibbling my corn? I naturally manage other creatures by eco balancing the yard, but I have no idea how to deal with this guy. I much prefer not to kill and knowing what it is may help me route its attention elsewhere.
Thanks for your help.
This is a Longicorn or Capricorn Beetle in the family Cerambycidae. We just have time to post it and we will research its species later today.
Update: July 21, 2013
Hi, I wanted to thank you and Cesar Crash for the identification of Trachyderes succinctus. I took a couple snapshots of Trachyderes succinctus appearing to mate on corn leaves.They are yours to use, archive, or whatever, as my thank you gift.
We really appreciate the followup photograph and we have added it to your original submission.