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Megacyllene robiniae

Common Name: Locust Borer
Megacyllene robiniae
Megacyllene robiniae

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Genus: Megacyllene
Species: Megacyllene robinae

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The locust borer is 1" long with black and yellow stripes. Its legs are red-brown and they have long antennae.

Habitat & Range

They are found throughout the Eastern United States as well as some Western states. They live in forests and fields.


Adults feed off of goldenrod pollen, and larvae will feed off of the inner bark of the black locust tree.

Life Cycle

The locust borer lays its eggs in black locust trees in the fall, and larvae create tunnels in the tree in the spring.

Featured image by James Dake


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