Subject: What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Virginia
Time: 08:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Do you know what bug this is? Found in Virginia on a dead tree stump.
How you want your letter signed: Renny
This is a very exciting sighting for us. Thanks to images posted to BugGuide, we are confident your gorgeous beetle is a Six Banded Longhorn, Dryobius sexnotatus. According to BugGuide, the habitat is: “Old growth hardwood forests; mostly in large, very old deteriorating sugar maple trees that have been wounded/scarred; adults hide under bark. In PA, all of the sugar maples observed were very old and at least 3 ft across. Most sites are located in stream valleys.” BugGuide also notes: “Uncommon/rare; widely scattered, populations are sparse; listed as rare or threatened by several states, e.g. considered a SGCN [Species of Greatest Conservation Need] by AR, LA, and VA Dury (1902) noted that D. sexnotatus was once abundant but was even then becoming rare. Perry et al. (1974) noted a sharp decline in the collection since 1942.”