Palo Verde Root Borer

Subject: Beetle?
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
July 22, 2016 11:42 pm
This gem was sitting by my back door here Las Vegas. What exactly is it?
Signature: Michael Hayes

Palo Verde Root Borer
Palo Verde Root Borer

Dear Michael,
The Palo Verde Root Borer,
Derobrachus hovorei, is a large Prionid found in the American southwest.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on roots of living trees: Populus, Quercus, Prosopis, Ulmus, Parkinsonia, Morus, Citrus, Vitis (Hovore et al. 1987)” and “attracted to lights.”

Thank you. That was what I was thinking. Love this site.

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