May 27, 2010
Found this guy wandering about last night at a friend’s house. He’s has one heck of a grip & a serious set of mandibles. Is it in fact a cottonwood borer?
We’re located 50 miles south of New Orleans.
You are absolutely correct. This is a Cottonwood Borer, Plectrodera scalator. This is one of the most beautiful images we have received this year. Your photograph put a bug in our head to produce a 2011 What’s That Bug? calendar. We last produced a calendar for 2006 in 2005. That was quite a project, but with finishing the book, we wouldn’t mind a small visual publication. Would you mind terribly Lindsay, if we wanted to use your image in a 2011 calendar? Your photo is exactly what we love in an insect image: that it not ever be included in a legitimate entomological text. So dear readers, is a 2011 calendar something that you would like to see? Please let us know by posting a comment to this announcement.