Sunday, July 12, 2009

Neat bug!

Found this beautiful insect- Rosalia funebris-aka Banded Alder Borer- on the wall of our house yesterday - there were about 10 of them, and apparently they're attracted to the paint, which mimics male pheromones. I found out about them here: These insects are beneficial because they only eat the dead matter in hardwood trees. One article I've read puts forth the suggestion that they may have been the model for ancient Hopi clowns, or Kachina Spirits: any case, they're one of the neatest bugs I've ever seen!

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