Subject: Large black beetle in CT
July 4, 2013 4:46 pm
Whatt is this bug???
We just found this large back beetle in our backyard in CT.
It has large pinchers & a tail/stinger/? that is usually recessed, but quickly comes out when aproached. It also sticks it’s rear end up, as if a defense as well.
Lastly, we found it over a 1/2” diameter hole, which it appeared to be protecting.
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer, Prionus laticollis, and what you describe as a stinger is actually her harmless ovipositor that she uses to lay eggs.