The star of this year's Insectorama at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center was undoubtedly the bumelia borer, a magnificent longhorn beetle found by Kim Banner in her garden. Almost everyone had never seen one before, an insect you would be unlikely to forget.
|Adult beetle, green color form - Photograph by Ted C. MacRae|
|Larva of Bumelia borer - Photograph by Ted C. MacRae|
" Males will sit head-down at the base of the trees, waiting for females to emerge. They also come to the flowers. In a good year they can be quite abundant with 5-6 beetles on each flowering tree. Once you take a swing at them they put out a really low vapor-pressure alarm pheromone and suddenly, like in the rest of the genus, all the beetles in the area disappear. The beetles either live or continue to emerge for a long time. We collected them from July until October."
|"Make my day!" Head on photograph by Dr. Tom Riley|
- You have to know your host plants, looking at every one to find a specimen... maybe.
- When you find a specimen, catch it in case you don't find another one. The second one you can try to photograph in the wild.
- Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.