Cottonwood Borer

flying white beetle ?
Bugman, Here’s a neat looking insect I came across today. I found it crawling on my van. It’s body was nearly 2 inches long. I’ve never seen one of these before here in Illinois. From what I’ve found on the web, the body shape is like an Asian longhorn beetle, but the white coloring doesn’t match. Any ideas?
Mike

Hi Mike,
Nice photo of a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator. Larvae bore in cottonwood and poplar trees. Adults fly from July to September and yours is the first photo of the year. I’m sure we will get more of this beautiful native beetle.

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