Subject: Black and white
Location: Healdsburg, SONOMA CTY, CA.
July 2, 2013 8:30 pm
We found this black and white insect on a wall in Healdsburg, SONOMA CTY, CA. Can you help identify it?
This is a Banded Alder Borer or California Laurel Borer, and we believe it is one of the handsomest North American beetles.
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I checked the name and now wonder why it has also the ‘funebris’ in its name….
Is it killing its mate or bringing bad stings?
Hi again DOMINICVS,
Though we do not know why “funebris” was chosen as its scientific species name, but we can assure you that Banded Alder Borers do not kill their mates, nor do they sting. They do have strong jaws and might give a painful pinch if carelessly handled.