Locust Borer Beetles (Two Photographs)

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Locust Borer Beetles look fearsome, and perhaps I should have put them up on Halloween. However, they only pose a threat to a certain kind of tree in which the borer lays eggs and then only if the tree is already weakened.  This is one insect that will pretty much ignore you. They are neither wasps nor bees but beetles. Photographing them is relatively easy as they tend to be preoccupied with goldenrod. The only real issue is the overwhelming yellow of the goldenrod and the beetles own similar coloring. It can overpower the photo. Like most insects they have one facial expression and it’s not friendly or inviting.

Locust Borers


7 responses

  1. Yes certainly fearsome but really good portrayal and of course the camouflage is just right.


    January 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

  2. Victor, tack on sharp as usual. Yes, on the yellow – problems a galore. We have lots of mustard that grows between the rows of vines in vineyards. Beautiful but challenging. Maybe you could spend some time on how you address the yellow issue in a future post.


    January 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  3. They do look ferocious – great head-on shots.


    January 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm

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