Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Danger Will Robinson Danger!

Sitting on the back deck the other afternoon I got a pretty good scare. Walking along the railing was this critter, which I immediately grabbed and bagged.
I thought this was an Asian Longhorned Beetle, which has been causing havoc and killing trees in some of the Boston suburban towns.  The problem is so bad that some towns are proactively cutting down hundreds of trees and destroying them as a precaution and means to prevent these damaging pests from spreading.
After a little research I was able to determine that this dude was NOT an Asian Longhorned Beetle but rather the very similar looking but harmless Whitespotted Pine Sawyer - a female to boot.
Crisis averted.  Carry on.

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