Hickory Borers in Home

Subject: Flying insect in house. Oklahoma
Location: Oklahoma
March 22, 2015 10:03 am
Have killed about 20 of these in last 2 weeks but don’t know what they are. Please help
Signature: Stacie

Hickory Borer
Hickory Borer

Dear Stacie,
This appears to be a Hickory Borer,
Megacyllene caryae, and you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  Do you have firewood in the house?  Is the wood Hickory?  According to Bugguide:  “larvae mine newly dead hickory, and sometimes other hardwoods.”  Whenever there is a case of numbers of Longhorned Borer Beetles in the family Cerambycidae that are emerging in a home, it is almost always related to firewood.

Sounds good.  Thanks for the info Daniel.

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