Not an emerald ash borer — but what is it?


Emerald green beetle, looks a lot like a longhorn.  I feared it to be a dreaded emerald ash borer, but it’s not.

Okay.  What is it?  Any body know?

From our Backyard Collection, two weeks ago:

What is this one? Looks like a longhorn beetle, emerald green.

What is this one? Looks like a longhorn beetle, emerald green. Not an emerald ash borer. Anyone know?

It’s too big to be an emerald ash borer.

Our mystery beetle is too big to be an emerald ash borer.

Our mystery beetle is too big to be an emerald ash borer. Brilliant orange underside.

Perhaps a flower longhorn beetle?

Caption from Field and Swamp Animals and their habitats:  Flower longhorn beetle (Encyclops caerulea), Glassmine Gap Trail, Macon County, NC, 5/28/13

Caption from Field and Swamp Animals and their habitats: Flower longhorn beetle (Encyclops caerulea), Glassmine Gap Trail, Macon County, NC, 5/28/13

Where’s Bug Girl when we need her?  (Moving?)  Roused Bear? Beetles in the Bush?

Update, mystery solved:  Ted C. MacRae said (see comments) it’s the bumelia borer (Plinthocoelium suaveolens).  He wrote about it here. So, Kathryn, what are they eating in our backyard? Bumelia lanuginosa is a Texas native; do we have one, or a relative, in the garden?  Dallas-area Dirt Doctor Howard Garrett says they’re mostly harmless in the garden.  (Here’s a closeup, from MacRae’s blog):

Brumelia borer, from Beetles in the Bush.  Photo by Ted C. MacRae

Bumelia borer, Plinthocoelium suaveolens,  from Beetles in the Bush. Photo by Ted C. MacRae

 

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5 Responses to Not an emerald ash borer — but what is it?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Maybe walking stick next; maybe butterflies, or moths. Or ladybugs.

    Read the headline, skip the post.

    Sorry, but I like ‘em.

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  2. JamesK says:

    Ed, I’ll pay you never to put big giant bugs on your website ever again :P or well..any insects whatsoever for that matter.

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    it’s a really big bettley-bug. Don’t ever say I’m not helpful…… lol!
    Great photos…..curious critter~

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks for dropping over to identify. Are these supposed to be common around Dallas? My wife found several of them in a recent project.

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  5. You’re right – it is a longhorned beetle and not an emerald ash borer. This is the bumelia borer (Plinthocoelium suaveolens), what I consider to be Notth America’s most beautiful longhorned beetle. I wrote about it on my blog using that as the title. Very nice find!

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