Subject: Beetle ID
Geographic location of the bug: Ruidoso, NM
Time: 05:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Spotted this huge bug at a garden center. It was just hanging out in the porch column. What is it??
How you want your letter signed: Cindy
After a bit of research, I’m thinking that it may be a Ponderosa Pine Borer Beetle. We live in a Ponderosa/Pinon/Juniper forest. What do you think?
We agree that this does appear to be a Ponderous Borer which is pictured on BugGuide, but we would not entirely rule out that it might be a different species of Prionid from the subfamily Prioninae.