A Beautiful Beetle

Since childhood I have been curious about creatures assigned to the insect world. I recall happy summer hours collecting bugs from Newark’s parks and backyards. Of course, our apartment attracted non-collectibles such as water bugs, flies, ants, mosquitoes, and roaches. My mother’s precious rose garden attracted Japanese beetles. A bug’s life usually ended with a squirt of Raid or the heel of a shoe.

Jumping ahead many years – Tucson has its share of insects. Two weeks ago I found a most interesting bug in the garage. Sadly, the palo verde beetle was dead. Trapped in the garage, the beetle could not escape the still, hot air. Dead on its back, almost 3″ long with a lustrous, armor-like body, the beetle became my focus. I’m finished taking pictures of Buster and wonder what to do with the him. For now, he’s on the dining room table.

Beetle Life – a rather simple first stage, egg to larvae. In the grub stage, the insect lives underground and feeds on the roots of palo verde trees. After a few years (2 – 4) in the dark and in the monsoon season, palo verde beetles surface and fly off to find a mate.  When the female deposits her fertilized eggs, she dies. (I don’t know when Buster beetle kicks off.) Life above ground lasts for perhaps a month, and the cycle begins again.

Palo Verde Beetle Images

Postscript: I wanted the images shown in slideshow format. Word Press in its infinite wisdom says I must use Java Script. Nuts to that! I’m not about to learn Java Script since I’ve used the slideshow format before.

 

4 thoughts on “A Beautiful Beetle

  1. susanenholm32 August 28, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Don’t know if the beetle bites people. I just like its design.

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  2. susanenholm32 August 19, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Thanks, David. Yes, I admire how those little guys get around. This morning a beetle, smaller than a palo verde, was on the carpet by the dog’s dish. How did it ever get so far from the outside world? I did it a favor — back outside it went.

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  3. smilecalm August 18, 2019 / 11:06 am

    thank you for sharing your six
    legged friends, susan!
    realizing how resilient they are
    makes them even more attractive 🙂

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