Saturday, July 10, 2010

Long-horned Wood-boring Beetle


Long-horned Wood-boring Beetle...pretty gnarly looking (and big) guy, but I'm afraid he does more harm than good when it comes to trees, so that's kinda crappy. ... Shadow Shot Macro Monday

28 comments:

Tom Hilton said...

Whoa...that looks like one tough customer. Impressive shots.

Dani said...

marvelous.

Have a nice Sunday

Ralph said...

"Are you looking at me?" A massive insect seems to demand our attention. A longhorn the likes I have not seen before, an not in person. The pictures are marvelous!

Sylvia K said...

Incredible captures as always! I surely wouldn't want to meet this guy in a dark alley! Fantastic, Jill! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

frayedattheedge said...

I've never seen one of these - amazing photos!!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Yes, they are taking out trees here in the Atlantic North East.

ramblingwoods said...

We are waiting for the emerald ash borer to come and wipe out the ash trees...we had ours in the yard treated...fingers crossed....another invasive species....

alicia said...

Yowsers. One ugly critter. Great shots though.

Sammy said...

Even tho he is a bit on the ugly side, I am sure that his mother loved him :-P What amazing shots you have taken, I can almost hear him crawling after me as I look

Arija said...

Fab macros. The middle one with the immense antlers reminds me of pasture irrigation systems that roll along spraying huge jets of water to both sides.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Good grief, it looks like something from a sci-fi movie.

Super shadow shot though.

Greyscale Territory said...

Amazing photos of this beetle! Each one finely tunes the shadows to give quite hanting dimension!

Sweet Repose said...

WOWZA...what a critter, check out dem antennae...he almost looks like he's made of pewter...cool shots!

Spadoman said...

So, that's what these are called. They are ugly to be sure. But your photos captured them in great fashion.
Good stuff!

Peace.

Manang Kim said...

Looks like mean bug ^_^

Shadow shot Sunday

Dimple said...

I have seen these in person a few times, but I've never known their name or character before. Next time I squish it!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Anything but boring! Hard to photo though, what with those stupidly long antennae. Still, you seem to manage just fine, as always.

tammymcchesney said...

What a capture of those beaty little eyes...wonderful!

margie said...

looks like iron man!!

awarewriter said...

That sucker is nasty looking. With his antennae he can really tune in. Never saw the like before. I think I'm glad.

michael said...

Great Macro of the beetle. Did you use flash?

Kala said...

Wow, he's a fierce looking creature.

Limar said...

Nice shot! Scary though :)

Jan n Jer said...

How scary looking...hope he doesn't come to visit my yard. Great shot.

jay said...

Well, I guess you would be pretty gnarly if you had to chew through trees! LOL!

Actually I think he's rather lovely, and you did a great job of photographing him!

dutchbaby said...

Gotta love those over-sized antennae! I assume they are an invasive species. Where is their native land?

Peter Taylor said...

I have never see one of these before. Thank God :)
It looks like a rough one.

DevineHuntress said...

beautiful photos of one of the most misunderstood,and hated, of insects in my area.
i am in nova scotia canada and have been seeing these guys since i was a child. i have always heard them referred to under the name of "chip lifters". i was told that they were a VERY aggressive insect that had a nasty bite and would attack without provocation. i was never bitten, but my father was once when he laid down for a nap and laid on one. he had a allergic reaction to its bite (this is the only time i have ever actually heard of one biting)
my personal experience with handling the insect has been quite positive. i work in a motel dining room and we occasionally encounter these little guys outside. one day last year it was a really slow day so we went out back for some fresh air. one of these beetles was trapped in a cobweb. i collect dead bugs so i removed them with my bare hands thinking i had a price specimen for my collection. but the insect was alive. he had web stuck all over his face, antennae and front legs, i could not let him go like that, so i removed as much as i could with my fingers and set him down while i went to get my tweezers from my bag. i sat for almost a half hour gently picking web from the little guys face, holding him in my bare hand! he showed no aggression whatsoever and was looking at me very intelligently. when i finished he moved his antennae towards me, like he was feeling me out, then scuttled off into the grass.
one of my bosses had been watching from the other side of the screen door and was scared i would get bitten, as she had heard some pretty bad rumors about these insects. she was impressed by how calm i was, and how calm the insect was! i think that is the key, keeping calm. i have also handled hornets and bees in my bare hands while rescuing them from water buckets and drying them off with bath tissue before letting them go. you can call me crazy, but i think alot of people underestimate insects ability to read and understand emotion.
of course, i dont recommend others doing what i do. i take the risk of handling these things fully aware i may be bitten or stung.