Insect Identification
Insect Identification

White Oak Borer Beetle - (Goes tigrinus)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/10/2014

The White Oak Borer Beetle is a Long-Horned beetle that can be a bit troublesome if its numbers get out of control.

This species of beetle is partial to white oak trees, sometimes becoming serious pests. The adult female will lay her eggs on a tree; this species prefers the White Oak tree. Once the larvae hatch, they begin digging tunnels into the sapwood of the giant tree, robbing it of nutrients and debilitating the tree's ability to move water and food up and down the trunk. This potentially starves the tree over time. The burrowing beetle larvae destroy the vascular tissue of the tree.

Fortunately, this species of beetle is slow to develop into adulthood. It may be three to four years before larvae emerge from an infected tree to lay new eggs for another generation. This gives predators, tree specialists and other population control measures time to reduce their numbers and slow the spread of the beetle.

The White Oak Borer Beetle is a member of the Long-Horned Beetle family. All of them have extraordinarily long antennae; even twice the length of the beetle's own body. Most members are good fliers and are attracted to lights at night. Adults drink flower nectar.

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Category: Beetle
Common name: White Oak Borer Beetle
Scientific Name: Goes tigrinus

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Coleoptera
      Family: Cerambycidae
       Genus: Goes
        Species: tigrinus

Adult Size (Length): 15mm to 25mm (0.59in to 0.98in)

Identifying Colors: white; black

Additional Descriptors: flying, harmful

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, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.