This beetle is at most 1 cm long, but sure to catch your eye. Long-horned beetles (family Cerambycidae) sport antennae typically more than half as long as their bodies (longer in males). If you were to get down to eye level with this beetle you would also notice its vertical or flat face, a characteristic of the subfamily (Lamiinae). The pale, grublike larvae mine under moist bark, constructing a short pupal cell in the sapwood plugged with a wad of fibrous frass (the droppings of the larvae). The adult emerges through the same hole through which the larvae entered the wood. Hosts include poplar, serviceberry, moonseed, burdock, and more. These beetles range throughout the eastern and central western United States and Canada.

Photo by: Glenn Marangelo on 6/20/21 in Missoula, MT