Broad-necked Root Borer

I had a fun little photo shoot last night at midnight to photograph this two-inch-long beetle. I set up a flash, umbrella and flashlight and got him to settle down for a few shots on top of my MacBook. This guy was hard to identify, as I kept coming up with a similar-looking beetle that lives in California. The Broad-necked Root Borer is a pest that eats a number of different trees, comes out at night and is common throughout this region, from Massachusetts to North Carolina.


  1. He has BIG eyes and his antenna remind me of an aloe vera plant. Wonder what he does with 1 toe. Quite the cutters for a mouth piece. Step away from the big beetle….

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