Subject: striped cricket looking thinf
Location: grand rapids, mi
June 8, 2015 3:43 pm
These little guys are pouring out of my garden fence lately. The fence itself was constructed out of fallen limbs and branches and had spent several months drying out. Clearly its the perfect home for whatever these things are… If nothing else they are interesting to look at.
Was your fence by chance made of ash? This is a Red Headed Ash Borer, Neoclytus acuminatus, and according to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on the sapwood of ash and other hardwoods, and even occasionally on vines and shrubs(2). Larvae are common in downed timber with the bark left on. Life Cycle Overwinters in infested tree trunks, probably as pupae; adults emerge in early spring and lay eggs under bark of recently dead trees.”