All these scientists (I was a science grad too… give me Chemistry or Botany any day, Gee)! We think she may have laid a couple of eggs in the potting soil. I could see how you might think they look like palmetto bugs! Wow, what a crazy experience! Palo verde beetles can cause some damage to trees, especially non-native ornamentals, but usually only in trees that are already having problems. Took me 2 weeks to find out what he was and where he came from.I have lived here since 1976, first one I ever looked upon. What can it be? Of course! My dog just ate one of these, it’s eggs are all over the couch now. You might try letting her go at night, after turning any porch lights off. If one is in here…what is the likelihood of their being more? Today I am making good on that promise! I found one on my front porch, I ran in to get the camera and actually did get some decent shots. They are only alive for a short season and they are on a mission to mate. I only ever had them in my house when I brought them in intentionally to photograph them. As much fun as it would be to show your students, if it’s going to be that long it’s probably best to let him go his own way. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend releasing it. Our backyard has about 4 wandering around right now…. It’s May 23rd 2013 in Palm Desert CA and I have been pulling these out of my pool the last couple days. Scared my wife half to death. Palo verde beetles belong to the beetle family Cerambycidae, the longhorn beetles. He reminisces his childhood days when he’d poke around with all similar ‘little’ fellas. She can’t seem to stay on her legs. Look forward to seeing what you’ve got! — the palo verde beetle is harmless. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I’ll try taking a pix. would you happen to know anybody that would want to purchase these interesting (Palo Verde Beetles ) LOL my husband and myself both were Bit while just sitting around with those vicious pinchers mandibles as you Call them. Adaptations. The holes they leave in the ground are about the size of a quarter in diameter. You could upload the pic to my The Dragonfly Woman page there if you’d like, or shoot me an e mail via the Contact Me form, link at the top of the page, and I’ll give you an e mail address where you can send the photo. Not quite sure how to deal with it, we covered it with the closest thing at hand – a small empty pot (awaiting to house a plant) – hence with a hole at the base (no need for the beetle to bore one). Thanks!! I have even hand fed one with a piece of apple, they can be very tame and trusting. I never saw or heard of them before so it came as quite a surprise when I was awakened in the middle of the night by a small flying chihuahua, zipping about in the dark, slamming into things and falling. Still a major forestry pest, just the wrong family. Because they are root borers and root borers are commonly associated with dead, dying, or unhealthy trees, palo verde beetles are often considered pests. The mandibles look like something from a horror movie. I need to know how to overcome my fear of these things. do you know if they are piousness if your Dog eats it? Want to look it up on BugGuide.net and see if it looks right to you based on what you saw? Despite its pincers and overall appearance that is likened to a giant cockroach, the Palo Verde root beetle is in fact not harmful to humans or healthy trees. I think even I would have been a little weirded out by having that many crawling around in my house though… Here’s hoping it doesn’t happen again! Euwallacea species. One Iris was also dug up (poss. Plants are at the base of food webs and any change in a plant community can have an impact on all organisms that feed higher up the food web. Sorry, where should I look for the photos? And once they exit their ecosystem of tree roots, they often leave holes around the roots in their departure. School doesn’t start for another few weeks. It is, however, very hard to get at these beetles for treatment as they are often quite some ways underground. The photo to the right is the larval stage of what will become a Palo verde root borer beetle (Derobrachus germinatus) pictured below. I have new pics of this insect here on the east coast of spain for identification. I am not getting an immediate picture in my mind from your description, so I think a photo will be very helpful! Needless to say, they are all freaked out. The better fighter a male is, the more females he has a chance to mate with. The longhorn beetle group is a big one and many of them look like the palo verde beetles. Lots of comments , good ones. For some reason, they found a hole in the roof over my AC closet, and in the space of about 15 minutes 10-15 of them (at last count!) How can I share it with you so you can help me identify it? It may seem like they come out of nowhere, but the larvae of a Palo Verde Beetle live, unnoticed for about 3 years, eating voraciously at the roots of your tree. Why study them? What should we do with her??? If you keep young trees healthy by watering them regularly and fertilizing, they will usually be able to withstand palo verde beetle larvae eating their roots quite well. And tonight we heard this weird hissing/scratching/munching sound coming from the floor board by our back door. The next day it was gone, and I think it survived now knowing how difficult they are to kill. Watched the pair run around for awhile before i was able to catch him on a flat surface and take him back outside. Within a few minutes they saw large beetles begin to emerge from the holes, eventually about three dozen in all. If you’re in Louisiana, then you’ve got a different species of beetle most likely! That was a few days ago and it seems no worse for wear. And BTW, I don’t have a single tree (only sagebrush) on all of my ten acres, or the surrounding 1000 acres either, so I have no idea how the poor thing would ever survive here. One minor thing though; emerald ash borers are in the family Buprestidae, not Cerambycidae. The palo verde beetles only extend into Texas, so don’t make it quite as far east as you. Otherwise, not sure what to tell you! I tried and tried to find out what this insect was and failed until today when I read a post from HuffingtonPost about the Palo Verde Beetle and as soon as I seen it I had no doubt that is what the insect I had seen was as it looked exactly like the one among the stones in the driveway. They also make a high pitched squeal when you pick them up. I have an interest in some insects,but these things are kind of creepy! After searching with the lights on, I thought I’d find something I might have seen before… During the week that followed, I found a few more, having drowned in my pool. It’s that time of year: Across Arizona, giant beetles can be seen surfacing from the earth, startling residents and leaving them asking, “Is the Palo Verde beetle dangerous?”. I need something POWERFUL, but still safe around kids and dogs when dry. I’ve read up on these cool dudes but all websites only mention america. This is my first summer to live in Tucson and I was totally caught off guard by these guys! I wish I’d have known the jaw power of the larvae, I would have speed frozen it too! Newcomers to the Phoenix area are sometimes horrified when they get their first glimpse of a huge bug that, for some, resembles a monstrous cockroach. ), fight, mate, and lay eggs. We live in Valencia, Spain (east coast on the med.) Are your kids in school now though? It’s a little unusual to find them indoors, but I would bet they’re either coming in as you go in and out at night (especially if there’s a porch light near your door, or they’re sneaking in to find a place to sleep during the day. Sorry it scared your wife (my husband is right there with her, I assure you! For the most part, if the trees are healthy, these beetles cause little damage. They begin life as grubs in the soil. Great write-up and pictures! These beetles have a taste for palo verde trees but can also be found in the root zones of other trees such as pines, mesquite, and ironwoods. Its Frankensteinian appearance aside — check out that spiked thoracic collar straight outta Hot Topic! Seeing lots of these fellows while on holiday in southern turkey, spending a lot of time rescuing them from the swimming pool ! they are gross and i hate them. One of these scared the crap out of my gf tonight and your Web page got us answers on what just landed flailing in front of us. I’ve never tried to sell them, so I haven’t ever looked for a buyer! These things are eating the tree !! I live in scottsdale and have seen a number of these beetles on the sidewalks.Saw one the other day on my porch on its back.Didnt know what kind of beetle it was,so i looked it up.Its just like the photos here! They don’t feed as adults, so they don’t live very long. It all a bit sensationalistic though! I can imagine how they co-exist with palo verde trees, but what about other trees? PALO VERDE BEETLE. I live in India! If the beetle’s that big, out at this time of year, and from Arizona, it’s almost got to be a palo verde beetle! The palo verde root borer is the common name of a species of large beetle that lives in the desert Southwest. I may not sleep tonight!! That’s the first time I’ve ever gotten this question! All I can say is that the beetles are probably only hurting the tree at this point because it was doing poorly enough that their nibbling on the roots is actually stressing the tree. If one of these “fly” at me I will die ! Palo Verde beetles emerge during our summer monsoon season and can be a frightening sight on warm evenings. Page 1 of 1: JLA FORUMS | Classifieds | FOR SALE - Texas | FOR SALE - El Paso, TX. In June and July, the larvae turn to adult beetles and exit the ground via small holes. Verify informative. Also known as Palo Verde root borers and grubs (in reference to larvae), Palo Verde beetles are aptly-named creatures that feed on the roots of distressed or dying Mexican Palo Verde trees as well as shrubs or citrus trees. I associate them with lazy, hot summers and the arrival of the much-needed rains. Nice bug , no doubt. There is a Mexican Bird of Paradise (BOP) tree near the Iris patch which produces a copious amount of seed. It does no good to spray inside the holes after the Palo Verde beetles have already left. Thanks again! The extension office should have an entomologist on staff, or at least Master Gardeners, who can help you with the identification. And is it weird that I think you’re lucky to have 4 in your yard? Most borer beetles eat to their heart’s content without causing any real damage so the tree was probably on its last legs anyway. I lived in the southern part of Michigan, and I know this is odd but a few years ago while living out in the country I went out at night and happened to see this big black thing on the ground among the stones in the drive-way. The hole was at least an average of .250 inch! This one was over 3 inches long. I live in Louisiana and have been trying to figure out what has been eating my tree , well your site answered it all. I live in Tucson, and true to Monsoon season, there are so very many of these guys bobbling around outside and, despite a lack of general beetle love, we live in harmony.. Last night, however, I experienced a whole new level of horror. Palo verde beetles are gigantic and very scary to a lot of people who encounter them. These are definately in spain too I can confirm. But if you want a good laugh, watch a palo verde beetle fly sometime. I kept the cup, and it shows the miniscule chew marks where it tried in various place in the cup before it settled in to finish it’s way through. Were they trying to burrow? Thanks. This beetle feeds on all varieties of Palo Verde, but likes the Mexican Palo Verde [Parkinsonia aculeata] best. This is what happens when I stay up until 3AM writing blogs posts. Don’t want to show them a dead beetle. The nasty beetle had been there, done damage and fled. The Palo Verde Root Borer is among the greatest of the Prionids in my opinion… Right below Macrodontia spp and Titanus Giganteus. :). You’re welcome! If you’re worried about the tree, I’d recommend talking to your local extension office, the master gardeners if you have them. Then got hubby out of bed, and 2-3 times he took it further away (tried grass, rocks, etc) and she ended up right back at our front door upside now and legs going like crazy! I need to block the entry site so more don’t come in. I’d love to see the photo. However, they will also eat the roots of other broad-leafed trees and shrubs. A root borer (Derobrachus geminatus) that feeds on palo verde trees is the larval grub stage of the palo verde beetle that reaches 3 to 3 1/2 inches in length. No, you can’t add photos here. Dog) and I replanted it. It’s a sort of overall weakening of the tree rather than obvious damage you can see. I don’t hear them in the closet anymore, so I’m assuming they’ve died. I agree – having them flying around you is an interesting experience, but I’m glad you at least find them interesting on the ground. I live in Phoenix and this week I found two inside my house!! The palo verde beetles you collected are very common during the monsoon season and not a big concern. You can send it to thedragonflywoman at outlook dot com. It could be one of them too. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. David introduced us and said he would show us around the property while the food was being prepared. Will be a different species in Turkey, but there are a lot of similar species! Again thanks ! They are often attracted to lights, so she might fly off in search of better lights elsewhere. They’re very widespread. Thank you and its time to say goodbye to this uninvited guest. Still, do you think these beetles will harm the tree? AZ, CA.? But, in the meantime, I’m going to enjoy your photos. Send me a message in the Contact Me form on my blog and I’ll get in touch with you about IDing it. I wonder if the extra heat or the slightly different altitude or the relative lack of host trees or something is behind the difference, but there seems to be a big difference, in spite of the fairly close proximity. I just met one of your friends Root Borer, I live in Maryland and he was on my garage door, because I didn’t want him to get hurt and I also didn’t want to get hurt I put him in a washcloth and moved him to a plant, to my surprise he started singing with his back legs. As result, their adult lifespans are pretty short, less than a month. It won’t live more than a few days most likely as they don’t feed, but preserving it is easy! I think they’re amazing beetles! The palo verde beetles wouldn’t be eating the branches of your tree even it does have them, but I’m not sure what else it would be. There are several closely related species to the palo verde beetles and some of them should make it into your area. They have pinchers the same size, on the thorax where the spikes should be, it comes to a point on each side. Wonder if they might just be at the end of their lives or are attracted to light reflecting off the water or something…. They are only native to the southwest, but there are similar and fairly closely related longhorn beetles in your part of the country. Pingback: Giant Black Beetle… Palo Verde Beetles « Words-n-Motion. ( Log Out /  It’s now morning, and he replaced the pot with a glass square vase, so we can see what’s going on, and to actually be able to see the creature. They really are cool to watch flying. Arizona has such amazing insects…. I live in NJ, and believe it or not, a borer beetle, about 3 inches long, got into my house last summer. If I know my palo verde beetles, I would imagine it was holding its own against a cat fairly well! I’d look for the Prionus genus of beetles on bugguide.net to browse some pictures that might include the one you saw – or at least it’s a good place to start! Q: I’m pretty sure my palo verde tree is suffering from major beetle damage. When I arrived to a property with a recently declined Mexican palo verde, I was confident what we were looking at was a death due to the palo verde root borer, but a closer look and there was clear confirmation. Do you sell/trade? ), but I’m glad you enjoyed it at least! You say base of tree ? Odd that you’re finding so many in your pool though. In any case, glad I could give you some answers! We’d like to keep the trees since they’re really established and provide good shade. I’m a little envious! Palo Verde bettles attack tree roots, causing considerable underground damage that can affect the entire tree. Palo verde beetles and their relatives are root borers, however, so if you’re seeing physical damage on your tree, it is likely caused by something else. Or is it not enough of a “big deal”? Please see my. I already wrote a post about how much I love these beetles and promised to write more about their biology. I work on aquatic insects, so your question is a bit outside my area of expertise. Gopher and Palo Verde Beetle Holes. Female bruchid beetles lay their eggs on palo verde seedpods. There are a lot of very similar beetles in closely related groups, so you may have a close relative. Creepy looking but very cool. Not to mention they’ve killed two of our trees. I am petrified of bugs that fly so I had really hoped the wings were more ornamental (shucks) They really are completely awesome as far as looking tough. Interesting that you saw so many of them at once. Hi, This year I have found this large beetle in my lawn, however I live in Effort Pennsylvania. It’s pretty pathetic! However, I’m unfamiliar with the insects in that part of the world, so I’m not sure what to recommend instead! Maybe trying to find a place to lay eggs (though they normally lay their eggs near palo verde trees, hence the name palo verde beetle)? I found a HUGE one of these Palo Verde bugs on its back and right smack in front of our front door here in South Scottsdale, AZ just this morning! The beetle holes penetrate approximately 0.4-1.57 inch into the wood and there are often many inch into the wood and there are often many entry/exit holes on an infested tree. From the ground up ! They don’t normally do a lot of damage to most trees that aren’t already stressed, but sometimes they do cause problems. As proof, I leave you with this last image: Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © TheDragonflyWoman.com. These beetles only live a few weeks, so if they’re not back in school until August you’re most likely going to be showing them a dead beetle…. The whole summer, I slept with one eye open. They are just fascinating. I think the palo verde beetles look rather fierce. Glad you liked the post. They noticed holes around the base of a nearby Palo Verde and commented on them. The larvae have strong and powerful mouthparts too, essential for cutting trees roots open so they can eat. However, if it’s becoming difficult to “live and let live” with these big buggers, typical pest control around the outside of the premises can certainly help prevent them from returning. I think I need to go into therapy! they look like a huge cockroach more them a bettle. I know bugs don’t recognize state lines, so if they are found in northern Nevada, they could easily make their way here. Larvae stay in the roots for 2-4 years before maturing into adults. (That’s never stopped me from picking them up!) The Sonoran Desert is AMAZING! ( Log Out /  These things are REPULSIVE and HUGE... up to 5" long... and very hard to kill. The innards will rot/dry and you’ll be left with a nice specimen! I was horrified and sprayed it with 2 cans of bug spray. Taxonomy, or How the Biological World is Organized, Scientific Nomenclature, or How Biological Organisms Are Named, a post about how much I love these beetles, a male and a female palo verde beetle struggling with each other, Giant Black Beetle… Palo Verde Beetles « Words-n-Motion, http://onecourtier.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/the-walk-of-the-longhorn/, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Blog. How do they get in? If you dig up palo verde trees, you will supposedly nearly always find several palo verde beetle larvae happily munching away on the roots. If the tree is healthy, it should be able to withstand a few beetles. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the roots of the trees, focusing on the starches within the roots. We lived way out in the desert a lot and learned how to survive and what native vegetation to eat, what could be used as medicine and how to fix it and soforth, and tonight my brother and I learned something new. Keeping it trapped will likely result in a dead palo verde beetle in a few days. Hoping I can somehow get rid of them before they destroy the tree, or move in with me. Oh, @dragonflywoman, there’s this giant sized black one – a full 3.5 “, I’d say, that we found last night walking in the backyard, along the patio! I always think of james bond with his jet pack on his back, they look like they have jet packs on with their legs dangling down when they fly. Once they mate, the female crawls underground to lay her eggs and the adults die. Learn about the Palo Verde beetle in Arizona and how Burns can help with pest control and prevention tips. Keeping it means a great new experience for your students, and that’s often a good thing. Please answer thank you. ;) Of course searched the internet to hone in on the AZ species (from the 250-350K varieties in existence I believe!). Time for the palo verde beetles to descend on Tucson and fill the night sky with giant beetles flying around drunkenly looking for mates. Upon closer inspection I realized it was a HUGE (big to me and bigger than anything I’ve seen up here before -several inches long, about 3/4″ and about an inch wide if I remember right) beetle. Many branches are dead, it barely leafed out, and there are many holes in the ground One of the largest beetles in North America, this big black beetle can be found throughout the southwestern United States. There are several very large beetles that look similar in the same group, so that would be my best guess. It’s wholly understandable that people might be a little squeamish of a 3 inch long, well armored beetle. (I’m not amused). Adult palo verde beetles don’t feed at all and rely on nutrient reserves they ingested as larvae to fuel their adult activities. It’s well worth a good look. Scared me at first. It was really, NOT a cool feeling for it to be flying around during dinner, but they are awesome to look at while on the ground. I shared your page on FB. https://absoluteexterminating.com/blog/beetles/palo-verde-beetle-dangerous Sorry you’re getting them in your house though! I knew that – even wore an EAB temporary tattoo around an Ent Soc meeting a while back. In fact, she lost a leg and both antennae in the struggle. My daughter found one of these big guys wandering around in the driveway last night. While other palo verde tree diseases may be easily controlled, there is no particular course of action for removal of palo verde tree root borers. Lol. Orthosoma brunneum would be a likely possibility as it looks very much like the palo verde beetles and is also in your part of the country. Or click on the RSS icon to subscribe via the RSS feed reader of your choice. Plants are at the base of food webs and any change in a plant community can have an impact on all organisms that feed higher up the food web. If you really want to know what it is, I recommend submitting a photo to bugguide.net (click on ID request at the top of the page to get started) or take the specimen to your local extension office. These large beetles, 3 to 4 inches in length, in the Order Coleoptera, emerge from quarter-size exit holes with the summer monsoons. They resemble giant cockroaches with long antennae, sharp mandibles and a spiny exoskeleton. The bugs may live under the ground for up to four years before emerging to mate! I just came on your blog because we found one of these in our yard in Vegas. If you search the internet, you’ll find all sorts of crazy ideas for how to rid your yard of these “dangerous” beetles so that they don’t kill your trees. Is this something we should be concerned about? or a good arborist. 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