This was a rather unfortunate and yucky find today on the steps at school. I’m pretty sure it’s either a Broad Necked Borer or Ponderous Borer or closely related magnificent beetle. I hope it was accidentally trampled on, as I’ve never seen one in person and would have loved to have seen it alive :(
Ok people! If you ever see this beautiful insect, destroy it! It is the emerald ash borer and could very well kill most North American ash trees within the next decade. The devastation would be worse than Dutch Elm Disease. I predict there will be hardly any native trees left by the end of the century at this rate.
Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks says cash-strapped Nebraska communities need state funding if they’re going to get ahead of the emerald ash borer. She’s sponsoring legislation to funnel $3 million annually into fighting it.
Borers come in two colors - black and white, and a mix of grey, brown and red. In either form, they burrow into trees to lay their eggs and feed themselves. They have the capacity to starve a tree to death if they infest one, and depending on the forest your Clan lives in, they may see more of one than the other.
Locations: Anywhere with trees.
Use: In a deciduous forest or one with a lot of stumps, a torbie or evenly mixed (and not too dark) tortoiseshell. In a coniferous forest, a black and white patched cat.