Subject: Black and white insect
Location: Mentioned in letter
September 11, 2015 9:24 pm
Hiking in our Utah woods, several miles south of Salt Lake City, I found a dead insect: black and grayish white, wide, horizontal, uneven stripes on body and very evenly measured antennae. It has a black dot on it’s grayish white head. The wings are about 1 inch long. I loved my entomology class in college years ago, now enjoy sketching and wish I’d pursued combining these for a profession instead of as an elem. school art teacher . I couldn’t deal with the numbers of students, traveling to several schools with a team teacher, sigh. Thanks for helping to identify my specimen! Can still take and send photo if you need it.
Signature: Linda brigance
Banded Alder Borers with their impressive antennae are much more beautiful alive than your dead individual indicates. Based on BugGuide data, your sighting represents the easternmost range of a species normally found from California to the Pacific Northwest.