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Post  dixie on 7/4/2014, 10:21 am

Does anyone know what kind of bug this is?  They only appear on blossoms & I haven't seen any signs of chewing,  so I am assuming they are some of the good guys. 

I didn't realize I was photographing them in an "intimate moment".  I didn't have my glasses on.




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Post  Judy McConnell on 7/4/2014, 10:59 am

This a long-horned beetle often found on flowers.  Specifically:
Banded Flower Longhorn Beetle
Typocerus velutinus

Family Cerambycidae
http://www.americaninsects.net/b/typocerus-velutinus.html

It's larvae burrow in certain hardwood trees but neither larvaq nor adult is harmful in the garden.
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Post  dixie on 7/4/2014, 11:55 am

Thank you!  The garden is at the edge of our hardwoods.  I've noticed a few in past years, but this year they are very plentiful.  I'll have to think about hand picking to help keep them under control before they kill our huge trees.
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