Idaho Laurel Borer

what bug is this
Location: inkom Idaho
December 19, 2010 12:04 am
Just wondering what kind of beetle this is, found in late summer in Idaho
Signature: Kathy P

Banded Alder Borer

Hi Kathy,
This beautiful beetle is a Banded Alder Borer, and down south it is known as the California Laurel Borer, so since you are at the northern border, it would stand to reason that you have your own gene pool up north.  Unless DNA analysis is performed, we will probably never know if your beetle is a distinct subspecies, in which case it might be called an Idaho Laurel Borer.

Banded Alder Borer
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