Saturday, July 5, 2014

Return of the Palo Verde Root Borer

We were cleaning up in the front yard this morning, and came across a recently deceased Palo Verde Root Borer Beetle.

The one I found back in March was scurrying for cover, and I was only able to get two photos before it disappeared.

This one was much easier to photograph.

Close-up photos show the spikes on the carapace ...

... and the impressive chomping mandibles.

If these things were the size of a German Shepherd, they would probably rule the world.