Hickory Borer, we believe

Subject:  What is this!?
Geographic location of the bug:  Greensburg IN
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 04:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug started appearing in my home a week ago, Im noticing more of them everyday. I have no idea what this is. It does have antennas as well.
How you want your letter signed:  Jen

Hickory Borer

Hi Jen,
Do you have a fireplace or a wood burning stove and a stack of firewood indoors?  Is the firewood hickory?  Our bet is that this adult Longhorned Borer Beetle in the genus
Megacyllene emerged from firewood you have stored indoors.  The Hickory Borer, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a species that emerges in the spring and the Locust Borer, a nearly identical looking member of the same genus emerges in the fall, is also pictured on BugGuide.  Either species will emerge in the spring from wood stored indoors, so the season is not definitive, but if the wood was black locust wood, then we would lean toward this being a Locust Borer.  This emergence might be an annoyance for you, but the beetles will not infest your home or furnishings.  They will infest newly cut trees and logs.

Yes, I do have a fireplace and just brought a new box full of wood in a little over a week ago. Thanks so much for the information. I was starting to think they we’re invading my home & was freaking out a little bit! It’s great to know that’s not going to happen! Thanks again

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