Subject: Ivory-marked Beetle?
Location: Northeast Florida
July 29, 2012 4:15 pm
I’ve never seen a bug like this before. It was sitting in the shade on the door of my shed this morning when I went out to mow the grass. It was still in the same shady spot in the middle of the afternoon. When the sun hit that area the beetle began to move around and left. It was about an inch long with very distinctive markings. I hunted through beetles on Bug Guide and I think this is an Ivory-marked Beetle (Eburia quadrigeminata). The markings match but the body color is a little different. Can you help?
Signature: Karen in FL
This is the third Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae that we are posting in a row this morning. This might be an Ivory Marked Beetle, Eburia quadrigeminata, though there are other members in the genus Eburia that look very similar. We could not discount that it might be Eburia distincta, a species that feeds on Cypress trees and which BugGuide only reports from Florida. There are also several other species in the genus that are only reported from Florida.