Tile Horned Prionus from Virginia, In November!!!

Is this a Fire-colored beetle?
Location: Midlothian, Virginia
November 25, 2011 9:17 pm
Found this bug crawling across the carpet on night. It’s legs made a clicking sound as it walked. Not quite sure what it is. It’s about 1 inch long.
Signature: Grant

Tile Horned Prionus

Hi Grant,
This is a Tile Horned Prionus,
Prionus (Neopolyarthron) laticollis.  These root borers are generally sighted in July and August, so a November sighting is unseasonably late, however, BugGuide indicates the season as “April to November (Northeast).”  Perhaps it emerged from firewood that you brought indoors, which is often the case with the various insects that have wood boring larva because the warm indoor temperatures trigger an early emergence.

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