Subject: New to me
Location: Roanoke, VA
May 14, 2017 12:57 pm
Greetings. You have featured my shots 3 times I think. Cicada emerges, wheel bug, and a golden orb weaver. I love learning about all critters! I have not run into a new to me invertebrate in a few years. We recently moved and have some acreage. This guy showed up on the porch. He’s about the size of an eyed elater. He has pretty beefy jaws. What am I looking at here?
Hi again Neanderpaul,
This is the first letter we have responded to that arrived since Daniel’s five-day hospitalization with pneumonia, resulting in WTB? going dark for a week. Your images are amazing, and that headshot is a perfect illustration on why members of the Longhorned Borer Beetle subfamily Laminae are known as Flat-Faced Longhorns. This is a Northeastern Pine Sawyer, Monochamus notatus, which we verified with this BugGuide image. If you look closely at that headshot, you will see some Phoretic Mites that are hitching a ride as they lack wings, and the Sawyer provides a means of locomotion. This BugGuide series of images illustrates the same interspecies relationship.