Insects and Spiders - native

Ponderous Borer (Trichocnemis spiculatus) on Aug 3, 2021

Submitter has sample
EDRR Status: No Response/Action Required

Description of specimen

Large brown flying beetle about two inches long with long curled antenna.

Commentary

This looks to be the Ponderous borer, one of Oregon's largest insects, and the inspiration to the modern cutting tooth on a chainsaw. It is not a pest but aids in "turning over" dead trees, logs, etc.

https://osubpp.com/plant-clinic/meet-the-ponderous-borer/#:~:text=The%20ponderous%20borer%20is%20probably%20the%20largest%20beetle,a%20long-horned%20beetle%20%28named%20for%20the%20long%20antennae%29.

Wyatt Williams
Aug. 5, 2021, 9:46 p.m.