06.09.2020-2 Round-headed Apple Tree Borer

As the name implies, these beetles are apple tree pests.  Their larvae tunnel into the tree and cause damage and sometimes death.  Their beauty belies the depredation caused by the immatures.  While looking at the oak leaves yesterday I came upon this Saperda candida.

I couldn’t get another angle so here is one from 2010.

I have not noticed any apple trees in the swampy meadow but it is brush-hogged every autumn so there may be tiny saplings.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 06.09.2020-2 Round-headed Apple Tree Borer

  1. A very bold and attractive design, it’s a pity it’s such a pest

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  2. I like the mugshot. Too bad it’s hard to arrest this critter’s depredations.

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Handsome…but sure glad we don’t have any!

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  4. susurrus says:

    I had to look up brush-hogged. 🙂

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  5. Great image Steve! I never saw one of these before. Very interesting bug, especially closeup!

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  6. Lemony says:

    What t a great-looking beetle, and wonderful shots.

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  7. It sure has a pretty and distinctive design. It’s a shame they can cause so much damage. That is nature working.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    What a colorful character…I don’t recall ever seeing one of these bad boys. Love the head shot!

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  9. I love the look of the water droplets.

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  10. krikitarts says:

    Very distinctive with those racing stripes. Isn’t it fun to be able to go back ten years to nail a shot with a different portrait perspective? Kudos for your archive organization!

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    • Yes, it is a handsome little apple tree bedeviler. My archives of older images is much better organized. I have the bad habit now of saying I’ll do the keywording and other info some other time and then not doing it. I thought the stay at home period would afford me the time to do it but no. I keep finding other less drudge-like tasks.

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  11. shoreacres says:

    This has been my year to enjoy blue and brown combinations, but I never could have imagined this one. It’s a gorgeous creature, but as so often happens, beauty comes with a beastly side.

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  12. Todd Henson says:

    It really is a beautiful insect, even if its offspring can be so destructive.

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  13. Great head-on shot … it’s kind of cute! 🙂

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  14. bluebrightly says:

    Handsome fella, love the head-on view, too.

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