I can tell when palo verde beetle season arrives in Arizona…

…because new comments pile up on a three year old blog post. We’re nearly at 100 comments, including some real gems:

These things are tough! You can step on them with all your weight and it will only stun them. The best way I’ve found to exterminate them is by repeatedly smashing them with a brick, though it still only works about 3/4 of the time. It makes for a fun challenge though. I think my next attempt is going to be a flame thrower, maybe a lawnmower.

15 thoughts on “I can tell when palo verde beetle season arrives in Arizona…”

  1. Warning !!

    Do not read the linked post’s comments and drink coffee/softdrink/cocktails at the same time or sinus contamination may ensue.

  2. Georgi, just because they are there, they are not tiny little bunnies but ugly beetles… Many people are simply find any insect being disgusting and this is a good reason for them to kill. I am really really sad to see how people are get far from Nature and in the meanwhile how people dig their own graves…

  3. Just saw my first one ever. Been in Phoenix for 13 years… Non stop gagging and screaming passed this nasty horrible demon spawn cousin roach thing and I safely made it inside. Your blog comes up first on Google.

    1. Awwwwwwwwwww c’mon now– They go to the lights–solar or otherwise..very short-lived. I have relatives uglier than them!!! I teach my class what are harmful,like termites etc.. stinger insects — (bees, scorpions,fire ants etc.) They handle worms (yes slimy ones), preyingmantis hatchlings,( now there’s something really ugly ) Oh and crows love eating the beetles!.

    2. Just had my first experience with one of these creepy mothers. Spot-on with the “demon-spawn cousin of the roach” description! Two nights ago, I found one on my sister’s porch. I had no idea what it was, but I knew I didn’t want it on our porch. Bugs are my “one thing” – that is, the one thing that gives me the ibby-jibbies. I can deal with nearly everything else – rats, snakes, whatever. Just not big bugs. I’m a combat veteran & then I was a logger; I’m no weenie. But this thing brought out the little girl in me. Still, I tried to do the magnanimous thing, and scooped it up in a bucket & threw it over the wall into the empty desert behind the house. (that’s the short version; the longer version includes the bug not trying to scurry away, but rather, turning on me, pincers spread & basically threatening to do me great bodily harm). That was 2 nights ago. Fast-forward to tonight: I’m sitting on the back porch with the dogs, and this thing comes flying in. It lands with a “thud!” that definitely grabbed our attention. At this time, I still had no idea that they are common here in AZ this time of year & that this is their mating season; I thought it was the same bug that I had put out over the wall 2 nights ago, and that it had come back to follow through on its threats. This time I killed it – not at all an easy thing to do, let’s just leave it at that. After I stopped shaking, I decided to try & find out, once and for all, what the heck I was dealing with. I – all kidding aside – googled “biggest bug in Arizona” & immediately found pictures which led me to a news article & this discussion. So it’s their mating season, and according to the author, they are “just looking for love”… yeah… And here all along I thought this thing wanted to fight me. Strangely, knowing that it had opposite intentions does NOT make me feel any better.

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  9. JohnIsTerrified

    I’ve lived in Chandler, AZ for 21 years and just had my first close-up encounter. Apparently cats love these things! Mine brought one of these hefty beetles in through the cat door and proceeded to bat it around on the tile. The sound of the wings beating on the floor was so loud it woke me up in the other room. Half-asleep and confused, I investigated only to have it scurry across the top of my bare foot as soon as I flicked the lights on. If they weren’t already empty, my bowels would surely have evacuated uncontrollably in that unforgettable moment. A word of advice- forget the raid and flyswatter. You’re gonna need to put some boots on and get personal. Sorry, insect-lovers, sincerely. My cats had maimed this poor thing badly, anyway. On the bright side, that experience led me to this fascinating blog, where I found comfort in the similar horror stories of others’. Love your photos, they’re just stunning!

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