Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle (Mallodon dasytomus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle.
Updated: 1/5/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The durable Hardwood Stump Borer Beetle male has quite a set of jaws on it, but its the larvae that do the most damage to trees.
Large thick pincers (jaws) on the males are quite intimidating. Males have larger, thicker mouth parts than females. They also have a longer, more slender body, while females are rounder. Adults feed on ants and other insects. Both genders are capable of inflicting a painful bite if disturbed, but they do not go out of their way to attack.
The larvae of this species is usually found inside tree stumps, decks and other wooden structures. Sometimes it is found in living trees that have not been cut down. The eat away at the wood as they develop.