This impressive egg-laden, 2-inch long female Broad-necked Root Borer (Prionus laticollis) was attempting to lay her eggs when I discovered her. She repeatedly extended and retracted her ovipositor (pointed, egg-laying structure at tip of abdomen) in an attempt to probe the packed dirt in my driveway, but finally moved on to softer soil. Female Broad-necked Root Borers insert clumps of eggs into the ground. When the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel downward to feed on the roots of a variety of shrubs and trees. In the spring they pupate, and adults, such as this female, emerge. This whole life cycle is thought to take three years.
July 3, 2012 | Categories: Arthropods, Beetles, Egg laying, Insects, Invertebrates, July | Tags: Arthropods, beetles, Broad-necked Root Borer, Coleoptera, Egg-laying, insects, Invertebrates, Ovipositor, Prionus laticollis | 1 Comment »