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Hardwood Stump Borer (Mallodon dasystomus)

Hardwood Stump Borer (Mallodon dasystomus)
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It's just a black beetle, but the Hardwood Stump Borer can be almost two inches long. While this long-horned beetle is quite impressive, especially with large and strong jaws that can give a hard bite if carelessly handled, the larvae, known as round-headed borers, are equally so. They are almost never seen because they live inside the base of oak trees, where they eat the wood.

class: Insecta / order: Coleoptera / family: Cerambycidae / genus: Mallodon / species: dasystomus

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