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(AZ Family)   Now is the time of year in Arizona when it's hot, humid, and giant scary bugs are out and about looking for love. There's a reason why it's called Florida of the West   (azfamily.com) divider line 82
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2013-07-20 09:41:29 AM
I found the beetles


i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-20 09:41:40 AM
Palo verde beetles can get anywhere from 3 to 4 inches in length. They're huge. "If it bothers you, it will go away! It's no harm to you whatsoever."

Tell that to every yawning motorcyclist.
 
2013-07-20 09:42:08 AM
Call them Zonies. They love it.
 
2013-07-20 09:42:14 AM
I wouldn't exactly say that Florida is the "Arizona of the East," Subby.   Although we both have plenty of cranky, wrinkled retirees.  But there are no indigenous tarantulas, here.
 
2013-07-20 09:42:52 AM
Note weather on screencap: 9:17, 98°.  Gaah.

/spoiled this week, highs were 20°F below average here.
 
2013-07-20 09:43:08 AM
FTFA: They live underground for the first three years of their lives...

Pfffft. Florida cockroaches don't hide, they come right up to you and say HOWDY.

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2013-07-20 09:46:12 AM

dpaul007: FTFA: They live underground for the first three years of their lives...

Pfffft. Florida cockroaches don't hide, they come right up to you and say HOWDY.

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Yeah but at least they don't gun you down on your way to buy Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea...
 
2013-07-20 09:49:49 AM
I'm confused: the beetle in the video was black, but standing its ground.  Should I hate it or not?
 
2013-07-20 09:51:06 AM
I've always heard it was a dry heat.
 
2013-07-20 09:51:50 AM
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Damn, that's big.
 
2013-07-20 09:52:30 AM
One odd thing about these things is that they seem to forget that they can fly. One came flying in to the gas station I worked at one night. So I picked it up, and threw it up in the air as hard as I could. It made no attempt to fly, and just came back down and smacked into the pavement. The impact left it worse for wear.
 
2013-07-20 09:53:28 AM

Drew P Balls: I've always heard it was a dry heat.


It is, except when it's not.
 
2013-07-20 09:54:20 AM

Repo Man: One odd thing about these things is that they seem to forget that they can fly. One came flying in to the gas station I worked at one night. So I picked it up, and threw it up in the air as hard as I could. It made no attempt to fly, and just came back down and smacked into the pavement. The impact left it worse for wear.


Those things can fly? Hm.

That changes my opinion of them somewhat.
 
2013-07-20 09:54:57 AM
without looking at the article or comments:

Palo Verde Root Borers?  Those things are out of some horror movie.

U of A entomology rules, though!
 
2013-07-20 09:56:11 AM
I thought it was the Rhodesia of the North.
 
2013-07-20 09:57:22 AM
Check out the picture of the grub on this page:
http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/t-tips/bugs/palo-bor.ht m
 
2013-07-20 09:58:44 AM
What a flying beetle may look like:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-20 10:03:28 AM

Repo Man: One odd thing about these things is that they seem to forget that they can fly. One came flying in to the gas station I worked at one night. So I picked it up, and threw it up in the air as hard as I could. It made no attempt to fly, and just came back down and smacked into the pavement. The impact left it worse for wear.


One odd thing about humans is that they seem to forget that they can run.  One came running into my car one night, so I sped up to 100 mph and threw it out the door as hard as I could.  It made no attempt to run, and just came crashing back down and smacked into the pavement.  The impact left it worse for wear.
 
2013-07-20 10:04:58 AM
If they can't harm you, why is the reporter keeping it in a jar instead of holding it directly in her hand?
 
2013-07-20 10:05:51 AM

RottNDude: Call them Zonies. They love it.


Only someone from San Diego gets to call us that, dammit.
 
2013-07-20 10:07:15 AM
www.camel-spiders.net
These cute little critters are about, too.
 
2013-07-20 10:08:17 AM
oh.. i saw one of these the other day.. the are huge. it ran at my dog Ned and scared him. good times good times.
 
2013-07-20 10:12:23 AM

Infobahn: RottNDude: Call them Zonies. They love it.

Only someone from San Diego gets to call us that, dammit.


And I do ;)
 
2013-07-20 10:12:45 AM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: I'm confused: the beetle in the video was black, but standing its ground.  Should I hate it or not?


You win the internet today.
 
2013-07-20 10:14:14 AM

Repo Man: One odd thing about these things is that they seem to forget that they can fly. One came flying in to the gas station I worked at one night. So I picked it up, and threw it up in the air as hard as I could. It made no attempt to fly, and just came back down and smacked into the pavement. The impact left it worse for wear.


Well, if a giant space alien visited an airport and started playing with the planes, he might come to the same conclusion.
 
2013-07-20 10:14:55 AM

gfid: If they can't harm you, why is the reporter keeping it in a jar instead of holding it directly in her hand?




They could bite you, but you'd have to be a complete idiot, or be like this dumbass.
 
2013-07-20 10:19:03 AM

SoupJohnB: I wouldn't exactly say that Florida is the "Arizona of the East," Subby.   Although we both have plenty of cranky, wrinkled retirees.  But there are no indigenous tarantulas, here.


arizona actually has one of the youngest populations in the union. completely the opposite of florida.
http://www.statemaster.com/graph/peo_med_age-people-median-age
 
2013-07-20 10:20:41 AM
Nothing like going for a nice evening swim and having one of these farmers crash into the water next to you.
 
2013-07-20 10:22:24 AM
The 6-inch Palo Verde Beetle Hunter Wasps that parasitize these start emerging in early August, but are rarely seen except when they oviposit their larvae into a human by mistake.
 
2013-07-20 10:24:12 AM
also i would like to say that palo verde beetle grubs are the most repulsive animals on the earth. they are gigantic maggots about 5 inches long. they are absolutely disgusting and are utterly helpless once you dig them up. ants will find them writhing on the surface and attack as the grub writhes uselessly on the ground for several hours. during this time, the sun will roast the grub and slowly burn it alive while it is being eaten by the ants.
 
2013-07-20 10:26:36 AM
Cats Vs. palo verde beetle. Knowing that they can fly, you'd think it would try to fly away from the danger? I'd be curious to ask an entomologist, but I think it might be that after their initial flight away from where they emerged from the ground, they don't take flight again.
 
2013-07-20 10:36:11 AM
The only good bug is a dead bug!
Would you like to know more?

Cochise County, have them, and they're scary big.  Also got those tarantula/hunter wasps and big rhino beetles, rhino beetles are almost as big.  But the freakiest creepier crawler I've had run over me was a Windscorpian, had one crawl across me while I was just falling asleep in my bed onetime, it was big and woke me up, they are fast and freaky looking but from what I hear are mostly harmless to humans.

spaten: that's what crawled across me.
 
2013-07-20 10:40:58 AM
I have never seen the quantity, size, or sheer grotesqueness of the bugs that I am seeing this year. No bees whatsoever though...
 
2013-07-20 10:41:43 AM
I kinda dig all the fark prog AZ hate.  I hope it helps keep more leftist twats from moving here.
 
2013-07-20 10:43:05 AM
Oh, they have Stand Your Ground nutapples too?
 
2013-07-20 10:45:24 AM

SwiftFox: The 6-inch Palo Verde Beetle Hunter Wasps that parasitize these start emerging in early August, but are rarely seen except when they oviposit their larvae into a human by mistake.


I'll see that, and raise you the Florida Gallinipper Mosquito.  They've been known to carry off pets, and small children.
 
2013-07-20 10:46:50 AM

kombat_unit: I kinda dig all the fark prog AZ hate.  I hope it helps keep more leftist twats from moving here.


indeed
 
2013-07-20 10:55:24 AM

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Nothing like going for a nice evening swim and having one of these farmers crash into the water next to you.




Someone mentioned having one hit your face when riding a motorcycle, so I think that tops the list. I always ride/rode with a full face helmet, so it wouldn't have been too bad, but at speed, something that big hitting your helmet is going to knock your head back. I could even imagine it making someone crash if they were riding at speed without a helmet. A big one hit my car's windshield when I was going slowly down a residential side street one night. I wasn't going fast enough for there to be any bug splat, but there was no mistaking it for any other insect. Maybe that's one of the reasons that, while you can legally ride without a helmet in Arizona, you have to wear eye protection.
 
2013-07-20 10:56:30 AM

kombat_unit: I kinda dig all the fark prog AZ hate.  I hope it helps keep more leftist twats from moving here.


Fark you, hood head.  Arizona will be blue, again,  in 10 years.  It was the right wing retirees that moved her and made it red.  That will be fixed soon enough.

/AZ Native
 
2013-07-20 10:58:42 AM
Chilling on the back porch last night I shrieked like a little girl and kicked the dirty farker off my big toe.
 
2013-07-20 10:59:13 AM
Ya'll are wrong. Arizona is America's Australia.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-20 11:02:32 AM
In the East we have the Dobsonfly. Four inches of pure terror thanks to the inch long mandibles.
 
2013-07-20 11:05:17 AM

Infobahn: kombat_unit: I kinda dig all the fark prog AZ hate.  I hope it helps keep more leftist twats from moving here.

Fark you, hood head.  Arizona will be blue, again,  in 10 years.  It was the right wing retirees that moved her and made it red.  That will be fixed soon enough.

/AZ Native




You've gotta love their driving skills. One of the funniest bumper stickers I've ever seen was "Helen Keller is alive and well, and driving in Green Valley!"
 
2013-07-20 11:08:48 AM
About 10+ years ago, one Saturday night I was relaxing in my LazyBoy with the lights out, baked off my ass, watching TV and having a good time. Until all of a sudden there was something bouncing off the pictures and shiat on the walls. I swear to God I thought there was a pigeon loose in my house, but I wasn't that lucky.

That goddamn beetle was as big as my hand and put up a hell of a fight. Those things are straight from hell.

/total buzz kill
 
2013-07-20 11:09:46 AM

ZAZ: Dobsonfly


Those things are just ugly at every stage of their life cycle aren't they? As usual, the male with the large mandibles is harmless. But the female can deliver a painful bite.
 
2013-07-20 11:40:58 AM

gfid: If they can't harm you, why is the reporter keeping it in a jar instead of holding it directly in her hand?


She should take one bite and throw it on the ground.
 
2013-07-20 11:41:49 AM
I'll take one of those over a Bark Scorpion any day.

If you find one scorpion on your property, it's a given you will never get rid of them.
 
2013-07-20 11:45:35 AM

LikeALeafOnTheWind: oh.. i saw one of these the other day.. the are huge. it ran at my dog Ned and scared him. good times good times.




Your dog is a pansy.
 
2013-07-20 12:03:02 PM
I thought it was going to be about vinegaroons, which I've never heard about before I found one in the garage.
 
2013-07-20 12:06:12 PM
Old people and giant bugs?

doblelol.com
 
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