What kind of bug is this? #482186 - Ask Extension

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What kind of bug is this? #482186

Asked September 01, 2018, 2:22 AM EDT

I have lived in Oregon all my life and never seen this kind of bug before, what is it? It's not very fast moving, this one wasn't anyway. Thank you for all you do!!

Washington County Oregon

Expert Response

Thank you for the excellent images of a native longhorn beetle, the banded alder borer,the technical name Rosalia funebris.

These beetles lay their eggs on the dead branches of certain tree such as alder, maple, oak and willow. In spite of their large size, they do not damage people, pets, or structures.

See "What's big, black and white, and not a pest?" at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/treetopics/2011/08/26/whats-big-black-and-white/.

Jean R. Natter Replied September 01, 2018, 4:17 PM EDT

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