Locust Borer Beetle (Megacyllene robiniae)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Locust Borer Beetle.
Updated: 1/23/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
At first glance, the Locust Borer Beetle appears to be a skinny little bee, pollinating flowers.
Adult Locust Borer Beetles are often seen on the yellow flowers of goldenrod plants, feeding on its pollen in autumn. They can be found in meadows fields and gardens as well as formal landscapes. Locust trees are becoming more popular as an ornamental plant, so the range of this beetle is growing.
At dusk, females scour the trunks of a locust tree for cracks, or pits, where they can deposit fertilized eggs. Larvae hatch and begin building small nests for themselves in the tree bark where they will stay all winter, finally leaving the shelter when warmer weather arrives.