Longhorned Borer Beetle

Subject: This flew into my shirt
Location: Nevada, Texas
February 2, 2016 10:17 am
Hi, I’d like to identify this little guy for peace of mind – he was in my baby’s play room (and inside my shirt) and I’d like to know that he wasn’t poisonous. I threw him unceremoniously outside.
Signature: Jessica

Longhorned Borer Beetle
Longhorned Borer Beetle

Dear Jessica,
There is not enough detail in your image to identify this beyond the family level.  This is a Longhorned Borer Beetle in the family Cerambycidae, and it is not venomous.  Members of this family spend their larval stage boring in wood, and they need strong mandibles to chew their way to the surface after maturity, so they are capable of delivering a painful, but not generally dangerous bite.  Large individual might even draw blood.  Individual found indoors frequently emerge from firewood that was brought inside.  They will not infest the wood used in the construction of a home, so they pose no threat to your home.

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