Is there a black vase on the middle of the Redbud Borer Beetle, or are there two yellow profiles facing each other?.
The Redbud Borer is a shiny black beetle with a wavy yellow mark on the side of each elytron, and a horizontal yellow mark near the bottom. The markings bring to mind a popular optical illusion. The black pronotum is large and humped. The whole beetle is covered in short, fine hairs and has a dimpled texture.
The larvae of this beetle burrow into the wood of redbud trees. The redbud tree is prized as a landscape showpiece thanks to its bright pink flowers. These flowers are often some of the first to bloom in the spring. This particular species of beetle is one of many types of borers that use the redbud as a host plant.
Scientific Name: Ptosima gibbicollis
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 8mm (0.16in to 0.31in)
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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.