Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wildlife Photo: Longhorn Beetle (Anoplophra glabripennis)

Today's wildlife photo was taken by Guest Photographer Rusty Robertson, the dude from Texas.

He shot this Asian Longhorn Beetle (Anoplophra glabripennis) at night on the roof of a house in Kin Village Okinawa, Japan.

They have Longhorn cattle back where he comes from so, I thought it'd be nice to feature his bug shot here.

Showing him how I research critters before I post them was a good idea, too.  It's always best to have the common name and the scientific name when you post a critter's photo online. 

We both learned a lot about this bug today.  It's not some endangered species. It's a hardwood-eating pest.

It could wipe out forests and fruit trees according to THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT.

That didn't scare us.  We usually aren't scared of bugs.

But, we decided, a bug that has a name like GLABRIPENNIS, we ain't messing around with, anymore. 

Girls will have to go shoot them bugs from now on. 

Menfolk have more important stuff to do, like chase Longhorn Cattle !

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