HUGE Black Beetle in New Jersey
Location: Southern New Jersey, near pine barrens
July 7, 2011 9:58 pm
We found this beetle outside tonight and were amazed at his size! We’ve never seen a beetle that looked anything like this one and are curious to know more about it.
Signature: RD in NJ
The quantity of requests we received in late June to identify the Broad Necked Root Borer, Prionus laticollis, prompted us to name it Bug of the Month for July. Most of our submissions this year were of females whose antennae are not as developed. It is nice to get your photo of a male Broad Necked Root Borer. Stay clear of the mandibles as they are quite powerful. Though the species is not aggressive, it may bite if it is threatened or carelessly handled.