My favorite thing I’ve discovered about Arizona so far is Palo Verde Beetles. They live underground as big grubs (3-5 inches) and eat the roots of Olive and Palo Verde trees. They stay grubs for 2-4 years underground and them come out of the ground as a beetle for 1 month to mate. Then they die.
These beetles are huge. Also about 3-5 inches long with long antenna and big pinchers. They are usually dark brown or black. They can fly but not well because they’re so big.
Every night after 9 I go out and look for them, crazy enough every night I look I find one. They are so cool. Here’s some pictures of ones I’ve found.
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