Palo Verde Root Borer

Subject:  Beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Green Valley, AZ
Date: 06/27/2018
Time: 12:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found three of these running and taking short flights around my house after unpacking a tv that a friend gave me.  The item came from Vista, CA, and was stored in a garage here in GV for a couple of weeks.  I caught all three (one at a time) and tossed them out onto my back patio and yard.  Found one dead the next day, but no sign of the others.  Sunday evening I was dumping trash into a large pickup container for collection the next morning and found this one dead in the bottom of an 18 x 18 x 24 deep plastic trash box.  Have no idea where they came from or what they are or were.
How you want your letter signed:  Jim

Palo Verde Root Borer

Dear Jim,
This is a Palo Verde Root Borer,
Derobrachus hovorei, which you can verify by comparing your individual to this BugGuide image.  They are native to California, Arizona and other states in the southwest.  They are also attracted to lights, which is possibly why you found them in your house.

Palo Verde Root Borer
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