Wasp mimics are available in all shapes, sizes and colours and this beetle is a superb instance of 1. That is the longhorn beetle Bellamira scalaris. It has no frequent title that I might discover, so I’m assuming little, past the fundamentals, is understood about them. They do an excellent imitation of a paper wasp within the genus Polistes….so nice in truth that when it dived-bombed my daughter she jumped and swatted at it when it landed on her shirt. I instantly knew it wasn’t a wasp and grabbed it earlier than it might get away. I didn’t count on it to be this explicit beetle of which I used to be not aware of till this encounter. My daughter thought I used to be nuts for grabbing one thing once I had no concept what it was, particularly when she was satisfied it was packing a stinger.
The household Cerambycidae contains all of the longhorn beetles, however this explicit species doesn’t possess particularly lengthy antennae like many others on this household do. The physique is elongated and considerably bottle-shaped. The wings don’t fairly cowl the stomach and their coloring is a wealthy reddish-brown and black with tan and black markings on the wing coverings.
They’re a pretty big beetle measuring as much as 26 mm (or 1 1/4 inches). Search for adults round flowers the place they take nectar. Females deposit eggs on bushes reminiscent of Alder, Maple, Cottonwood, Willow, Hickory and Pine. The place the larvae feed on the decaying wooden. Their vary is kind of massive, and contains Southern Canada, southward to the entire Japanese United States and westward to Texas and South Dakota. Although their vary is intensive, they’re hardly ever encountered, which suggests their numbers don’t happen in massive sufficient populations to be observed readily. Or maybe most individuals, at first look, assume they’re taking a look at a wasp and pay them no consideration.
Comparability of B. scalaris with paper wasp, sp. polistes.
Appears there are at all times new bugs to find, if we simply take time to look….or on this case seize…!