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Ponderosa Pine Borer - Trichocnemis spiculatus - female

Ponderosa Pine Borer - Trichocnemis spiculatus - Female
Julian, North Peak, Cuyamaca Mountains, San Diego County, California, USA
June 10, 2007
Size: 55 mm
This was one of 5 individuals of Ergates spiculatus which visited my patio during June, two of which were males. One of this species had visited my black light last season, and I thought THAT was special! This area was burned in the massive Cedar Fire of 2003, and used to have quite a lot of pines, as well as oaks, but most of the pines either burned or have died due to drought, so wonder if this species will persist here? These guys announced their presence by smashing into the windows, scaring the cats!

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Ponderosa Pine Borer - Trichocnemis spiculatus - female Ponderosa Pine Borer - Trichocnemis spiculatus - female

Green with envy!
I've never seen a living specimen of the "ponderous borer," and I know they occur in Oregon where I grew up....

 
When we moved into the mounta
When we moved into the mountains, I never expected to be in a stronghold of these guys, as I've never seen them elsewhere! From an entomological point of view, we picked a GREAT neighborhood!

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