Banded Ash Borer In the Firewood
I photographed this Banded ash borer last March. Though I discovered it on one of our indoor plants, it probably came in on an armful of firewood. This morning while my wife and I were securing a tarp over our wood pile, I was reminded of this beautiful beetle.
According to a Utah State University Cooperative Extension article, “When the wood is brought into a heated structure it “fools” the biological clock of the beetle into “thinking” it is spring and causes the beetle to emerge early. Under these circumstances emergence can occur anytime during the winter or spring. Many home owners are alarmed by the sudden appearance of these beetles and, due to the black and yellow coloration, often mistake them for some type of wasp. In the home these beetles are merely a nuisance. They will not harm people, pets or structures. They will only infest host material with the bark still attached and will not damage finished lumber. About the worst thing they can do is mate and re-infest the firewood.”