What bug is this

Asked June 12, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

I took these photographs on 8 June 2013. I am pretty sure they (the bugs) are some type of beetle. Can you tell me exactly what type of bug this is? What is it called.

Blair County Pennsylvania

3 Responses

You are correct. These are a beetle. They are in the family Cerambycidae (the longhorned beetles, because of the long antennae). Unfortunately, I can't tell you which one. I couldn't match it with any in my longhorned beetle book. This family of beetles have larvae that feed inside plants. Usually, the plants are stressed from injury or environmental factors and the beetles move in then. Did you just see them by chance or were they on a particular tree?

I was hiking on an old logging road and noticed the beetles on the end of a freshly cut rhododendron limb. My guess is that they are mating.

They are mating. Wish I could tell you what they are.