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Lymexylidae, Chestnut timberworm - Melittomma sericeum

Lymexylidae, Chestnut timberworm - Melittomma sericeum
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
November 18, 2013
Size: 19 mm straightened
Came into the house with firewood. Firewood is mostly from Winneshiek County location but a bit is from Story County
Quite a striking beast.
This is a live photo, wood debris bits attached.

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Moved
Moved from Melittomma.

Melittomma sericeum (Harris)
Yes, this it the sweet lymexlylid, Melittomma sericeum (Harris)- sometimes known as the chestnut timberworm. As the common name might imply, it was once associated with American chestnut - now it is typically found in oaks.

 
yaaaay!
thanks, MJ and Dan

 
and (it goes without saying)
(but I'll say it anyway), thanks to you -v-.

 
Excellent!
Thank you very much.

Sweet
Great pics and great find! Quite striking to say the least.

 
yes, but,
are they turning my beautiful oaks into fire wood?

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