Subject: Giant Beetle in CT
Location: northeastern CT
July 7, 2016 3:19 pm
My son found this beetle or roach on an oak tree while we were walking through the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT. It has large jaws clamped onto the bark, a striped under belly and black top along with a light amber colored “tail”. From jaws to tip of tail is close to 3 inches. Could you help us identify it?
Signature: Homeschool Mom of 3

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer Ovipositing

Dear Homeschool Mom of 3,
This is a female Broad-Necked Root Borer in the process of laying eggs.  The “tail” is her ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs.

Location: Storrs, Connecticut

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