Big Black Beetle
Location: Brentwood, NY 11717 (40.782418,-73.251817)
July 3, 2011 1:32 am
What the hell is this thing??? found it in my apartment. lost in my dirty clothing pile…
Signature: Henry Z. Wilkie

Female Broad-Necked Root Borer

Hi Henry,
This is a female Broad Necked Root Borer, our feature Bug of the Month for July 2011.  According to BugGuide:  “Female much larger than male. The former is reported to be flightless, or nearly so. Males are attracted to lights.”  We wonder how this flightless or nearly flightless female found her way into your dirty laundry, though this specimen is not as robust as most of the females represented in photographs we have received.

Location: New York

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