Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. They mimic wasps by appearance only and are often confused with their flying counterparts as these beetles themselves can fly as well - though these beetles are not very accomplished fliers themselves. Note the rear legs sometimes appear as those found on a cricket. Their yellow-on-black striping with red heads give this beetle away quite easily.
Red Headed Ash Borer larvae will feed on vines or shrubs along with sapwood of your basic oak, hickory and ash trees but will take on most any other hardwood of downed timber (where the bark still remains). Most often times, these little critters are brought indoors via firewood stashes kept outside. Indoors, these beetles are attracted to light sources.
Red Headed Ash Borer activity is from March to October throughout Eastern North America though their reach is reported as anything east of the Rocky Mountains.
Common name: Red Headed Ash Borer
Scientific Name: Neoclytus acuminatus
Other Names: Long Horned Borer Beetle
Adult Size (Length): 4mm to 16mm (0.16in to 0.63in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: yellow; white; black; red; orange
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; New York; New Jersey; Maryland; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut; Delaware; Pennsylvania; West Virginia; Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia; Kentucky; Tennessee; Ohio; Michigan; Illinois; Indiana; Missouri; Arkansas; Mississippi; Louisiana; Alabama; Texas; Oklahoma; Kansas; Colorado; New Mexico; Montana
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