Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cloaked Knotty-Horn Beetle

I have grown elderberry bushes for years but this is the first time I have ever seen this beetle. Nature always has a new surprise! I did a google search and it is an Elderberry Borer which they believe only feed on elderberry bushes. They lay their eggs near the base of the plant, where the larvae hatch to bore into the elder's hollow stems and follow them down to feed on the roots. They look really pretty when they are in flight, although they fly rather awkwardly. When I have time I hope to try and catch one traveling for the camera. Blue and orange, what a colorful beetle!

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