Subject: What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Massachusetts
Time: 11:56 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Do you know what this insect is? There are several on my oak leaf hydrangea shrub.
How you want your letter signed: Ellen P
This is a Flower Longhorn Beetle in the subfamily Lepturinae, and we identified it as Strangalia famelica thanks to this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “Adults come to flowers for nectar and/or pollen” and “Larvae feed on decaying wood of chestnut, oak, birch.”