July 15th, 2008



Found this guy (or girl.. both??) the other day, brought him in and took some pics.. They protest (sounds like screaming) loudly when handled but calm down once on something stable. Not sure what they are called. They are built like a tank and amuse the cats to no end. They occasionally occur on the order of infestation.

California Root Borer
Prioninae Prionini Prionus californicus
Motschulsky, 1845

These long-horned beetles are nocturnal and most active at twilight and before sunrise. The larvae are root feeders and can cause serious damage to oak, madrone, cottonwood and many types of fruit trees including apple, peach, and cherry.

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