Ivory Marked Beetle burned to death

help, is this a roach???
Location: western pennsylvania
July 21, 2011 11:26 pm
Please let me know what kind of bug this is. It was in my bedroom. Ignore the light black spot between the the first two white dots(closest to the head) as my husband burned it. (Cruel I know)
I live in western Pennsylvania
Signature: Jamie

Ivory Marked Beetle

Hi Jamie,
This is an Ivory Marked Beetle, one of the Longhorned Borer Beetles.  It will not infest your home, though there are reports of adults emerging after many years from furniture that was built from wood that contained boring larvae.  According to BugGuide:  “Notorious for emerging from furniture after as many as 10-40 yrs (1)(4)  Delayed emergence of E. quadrigeminata was discovered from a birch bookcase 40 years old.”  We feel that burning a living creature constitutes Unnecessary Carnage, however, roasted insects, which are high in protein, are consumed in many cultures.  Since this Ivory Marked Beetle was photographed on a spoon, are you able to provide us with any information on how it tasted?

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