Can anyone help me identify a insect with the following features:

  • black and yellow
  • long feelers
  • body is tapered toward the back
  • zebra like pattern on the shell
  • about 1.5 inches long
  • found in central Texas

Here's what it looks like:

Black and yellow insect

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    perhaps indicate what plant it was in, whether he had any friends, and why it's a gardening issue? Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 14:29

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Looks like a Cottonwood Borer. I am from Ontario, Canada and here Asian Long Horned Beetles are a concern. I do not know if this will help, but here is more information on the Ontario situation.


This is a Cottonwood Borer. I grew up in Bellaie, Houston Texas and we had 2 cottonwood trees in our from yard, we had tons of these terrifying things in yard. They'd crunch loudly on a branch all way thru intil branch fell of. They also fly...ick! If big black flying cockroaches weren't scary enough, Texas has these monster bugs too. I've heard they have a wicked bite but I never got close enough to find out. Since I'm absolutely terrified of these beetles and roaches, I moved to Colorado and haven't seen one here... I only go home to visit family and friends in Fall and Winter when these disgusting, vile critters usually hibernate.

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