Subject: Strange beetle with feather-like antennae.
Location: Tallahassee, FL
June 20, 2016 7:31 am
My father ran across this beetle n June 19th is Tallahassee, FL and we were wondering what kind it might be.
Signature: David Robinson
Now that summer is upon us, we are beginning to receive submissions of Root Borers from the genus Prionus as well as other large Prionids. There are different species from different parts of the country, and your individual is a male Tile Horned Prionus, Prionus imbricornis. The species is described on BugGuide as: “Huge longhorn, dark brown and shining. Antennae have 18-20 overlapping segments (male): Female has 16-18 serrated segments. Other eastern Prionus have 12-13 antennal segments.” Earlier in the week we posted this arresting image of the decapitated head of a male Tile Horned Prionus.