Derobrachus geminatus

palo verde beetlePalo Verde Beetle
Derobrachus geminatus

It is summer. It is time for the palo verde beetles to emerge for 30 days of fun in the sun. The palo verde beetle is one of the largest beetles in North America. They grow to 3 1/2 inches or so.

These fellas spend their entire life underground, feeding on the roots of palo verde trees. They finally emerge when they are around three years old, and them search for a mate. Then they die.

Above ground, they do not eat. I suppose they are too busy making whoopie, or searching for another to make whoopie with. I have never seen more than one at a time, so the search for a partner must be difficult. I guess they don’t have a Tinder or other pick-up app for insects.

These guys are quite tenacious. Every one that I have ever seen has refused to back down when I got close to it.  In fact, they all have come towards me, as if challenging me.  And they will bite you if you get too close. They can’t hurt you; about the only damage they do is to the roots of the trees if there are too many grubs hatching in the root system.

I suppose if I had thirty days to live, I would be pissed off too. Especially if you were keeping me away from what might possibly be my last lay of my life…

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