Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut
Date: 03/14/2018
Time: 09:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have been finding these in my house for two days now, first one yesterday, now two already in less than 1/2 hour. They have been in the kitchen area. Please help. I did put one in a container but have no clue where to take it to find out what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Whitespotted Sawyer

Dear Sue,
This looks to us like a Whitespotted Sawyer which is pictured on BugGuide.  The Whitespotted Sawyer is a species of Longicorn and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae excavates galleries in coniferous trees, often after they are damaged by a fire, storm, etc. Common hosts are: Balsam fir, spruces and white pine.”  The only explanation we have for them appearing in your home during the winter is that they are probably emerging from firewood.  Do you have a fireplace or wood burning stove?  Have you been storing firewood like pine and spruce indoors? 

Thank you so much for your response. I do have a wood-burning stove but I recently purchased a wood-carved bear that I have had in my house for 2-3 weeks and I believe that is where the problem stemmed from. I see holes in the wood and it has been splitting. Needless to say I put the bear outside and have not had any problems. Thank you again so much!
Susan

  

Location: Connecticut

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