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Beetle With Ovipositer posed and at rest on the huge Jack-O-Lantern (Omphalotus olearius) Fungi

I don’t know the name of this very large female beetle. I hope someone will tell me!

Hooray! Hooray!!
Discovered the name:
Broad-necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis)

This photo was taken only moments before the first image in The Series below.
This beetle lives in a hardwood forest in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin.
© Jean Gregory Evans
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS 1/125s 100mm f/5.7 ISO-400

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  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...about 3 years ago

  • Margaret Stevens
    Margaret Stevensabout 3 years ago

    An amazing macro Jean, perfectly clear and well lit!

  • Thank you, Margaret! It was quite a moment … in the dark forest … near mid-day.

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Jonathan  Green
    Jonathan Greenabout 3 years ago

    I think that might be a Ringo Beetle? or Maybe its George?
    in any case,
    nice work !

  • Ringo Beetle has a nice ring to it! LOL!

    Actually, I spent way too many HOURS to discover it is called Broad Necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis). It is a huge bug and can run really fast. Also discovered it can pinch humans! Glad I didn’t pick one up. Not that I would even think of that! HA!

    – Jean Gregory Evans

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...about 3 years ago

    UPDATE: These giant beetles are called Broad Necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis)


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