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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Banded Alder Beetle (rosalia funebris)

These striking beetles are not rare, but certainly not common either in the Pacific Northwest. Their pattern looks exotic, and when people encounter them for the first time they often assume they are rare or foreign beetles. But in truth, their larva feeds on California laurel, Oregon ash, and New Mexico willow.

banded alder beetle (rosalia funebris)
Banded alder beetle (rosalia funebris). Western Oregon.

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