Monday, July 13, 2009

Attack of the Prionus

Prionus imbricornis

The tilehorned root-boring beetle

This guy nearly took out my bedroom window Saturday night; he struck with such an impact I thought that it was a bird…

In the process of the attempted B & E he did manage to clear away a few spider webs though – that’s definitely a plus! The remnants from the web can be seen on his left antenna and thorax.

Prionus imbricornis are active this time of year and are attracted to lights. They’re fairly sizable with lengths over two inches common. They have distinct antennomeres (antenna segments) that can be used to identify the species.

Root boring beetles are sometimes considered to be pests due to the damage they can inflict on hardwood trees.

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