Saturday, June 23, 2012

Now THAT'S a BIG beetle!

James has been making some pretty darn good finds lately. Awhile ago, we were outside, walking around the Wildscape, when he walked over to the street side to pick up a beer bottle in the ditch (HOW CAN PEOPLE THROW OUT GARBAGE LIKE THEY DO??!!). Then he spotted something moving around....this huge beetle! I went for my cameras and snapped some shots. Then a few minutes later, the poor guy DIED! At least, we thought he died. At any rate, he was already in puny health.
I check my Peterson Field Guide, and I believe this big beetle to be a hardwood stump borer (Mallodon dasystomus).

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