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:
It’s too big to be an emerald ash borer.
Perhaps a flower longhorn beetle?
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):