The skinny, yellow-banded Red Headed Ash Borer Beetle works on trees that are dead, dying, or already chopped down.
Red Headed Ash Borer beetles are related to the Long Horned Borer beetles. The yellow stripes on a reddish-black body are more often seen in wasps than beetles. They are often confused with wasps when seen flying, too. Indeed, they are fine mimics; they are completely harmless to people. Red Headed Ash Borers do not sting or bite. The long back legs sometimes give the beetle the appearance of a cricket, but they are not related to that kind of insect either.
Red Headed Ash Borer larvae feed on vines or shrubs along with sapwood of oak, hickory, and ash trees, but will also chew away at any other downed timber if the bark still remains. They are unwittingly brought indoors by people bringing in stacks of seasoned firewood. Burning the wood kills the larvae inside. If wood is stored for a long time, it is possible the larvae will pupate and emerge as adults. If inside, adult Red Headed Ash Borer Beetles are attracted to light sources, and are typically discovered near them.
Red Headed Ash Borer activity is mainly from March to October throughout much of eastern North America. Their reach is east of the Rocky Mountains, though they have been seen in California.
Scientific Name: Neoclytus acuminatus
Other Name(s): Long Horned Borer Beetle
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 16mm (0.16in to 0.62in)
Colors: yellow; white; black; red; orange
Descriptors: stripes, flying, garden pest, tree pest
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.