by JoAnne Skelly

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August 7, 2012
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What are those giant bugs?

It is soon after sunset. You are enjoying the lovely evening, when whoosh, something flies by your head making you exclaim, What the heck was that? You have just experienced a fly-by of the California prionus, a large (up to 2 1/4 inches in length) reddish brown beetle with long antennae as big as or bigger than many hummingbirds.

California prionus has a host range that includes most deciduous trees and shrubs and some conifers. It can also attack grapes, hops, berries and fruit trees. The cream-to brown-colored larvae can be 3 inches in length with large chewing mandibles (mouthparts). …

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 28, 2012 11:38AM Published Aug 7, 2012 05:14PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.