Subject: Please identify this huge bug
Location: Austin Texas
July 3, 2017 4:40 pm
Hey man –
Hope you are well!
This is the third of these huge beetles I’ve found in the last few months. The first one was a couple of months ago, and it was dead. The next one was a couple of weeks ago and i put him outside after finding him in my house. Then this one I saw last night outside my front door.
What is this? It’s huge, maybe 2 inches long (I didn’t have a ruler and am a poor judge of size, so take that with a grain of salt). It showed up in late June in Austin Texas.
It kind of looks like another bug I found on your site, but I’m not sure.
This Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus, which we identified on BugGuide, is an impressive creature. According to BugGuide: “Larvae bore in live heartwood of trees, incl. oak, elm, willow, pecan, maple, sycamore, etc.”