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Big bug identification - Chalcophora

 
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Strange new, inch long bug in my kitchen.



Sorry about it being squished, but when one suddenly is pelted by a large flying thing, one does tend to panic.

Saw it, or one very much like it, in the garden yesterday. It's not in our bug books, so I thought maybe the people at permies.com might know. What is it? Why is it so big? Why must it fly at us so?
 
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WOW! The people at bugguide are incredible. They identified it and got back to me in about 5 minutes.

Chalcophora. (Western Sculptured Pine Borer - most likely)

Apparently it wasn't attacking, it "mistook me for a tree".
 
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