Subject: What kind of an insect is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Houston, TX
Time: 01:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I saw this 6 legged insect on our loading van. I’ve never seen it before and wanted to know what it was. I’m very interested in finding out more. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed: Your Bug Identified
This gorgeous beetle is a Cottonwood Borer. According to Texas A&M The Field Guide to Common Texas Insects: “Adults are commonly encountered on trunks and branches of cottonwood and willow trees and other host plants during the summer months. Infested mature trees are usually not seriously injured. Larval stages are rarely encountered unless heavily infested young trees are killed or fall over; medically harmless.”