All these scientists (I was a science grad too… give me Chemistry or Botany any day, Gee)! They are just fascinating. Um.. 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! Shame they only live a month, they could make cool pets. Once a male finds and mates with a female, the female will burrow into the soil at the base of trees and lay her eggs about a foot down. In fact, she lost a leg and both antennae in the struggle. Your best bet to avoid having these frightening insects at your home is to keep your trees healthy with proper watering and fertilizing and otherwise leave these harmless … Yeah, it’s not going to survive multiple weeks in captivity for sure because they don’t eat as adults. I found one on my back porch in a spider web here in Mesa. David introduced us and said he would show us around the property while the food was being prepared. I know they extend into California, but I’m not sure how far north they go. Palo verde borers obviously love all types of palo verde trees and may be partial to the Mexican palo verde. Please answer thank you. Sorry you’re having a bad experience with them! They are partial to Mexican Palo Verde, citrus and olive trees, as well as rose bushes. My grandson found a dead Palo Verde Beetle in our yard in Maricopa, AZ, and thought it was cool. We blocked the door more securely, top and bottom, and ushered the others back outside using a broom, yardstick, and phonebook. (I’m not amused). Do you think the sound we heard tonight was just another one? My cat just carried one inside from the patio. My dog just ate one of these, it’s eggs are all over the couch now. As result, their adult lifespans are pretty short, less than a month. It could be one of them too. No, you can’t add photos here. hmmm… Any advice? Do you sell/trade? That’s not what I’d consider “normal” palo verde beetle behavior. 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. Dog) and I replanted it. I’d like to get a couple myself. they are gross and i hate them. One of the largest beetles in North America, this big black beetle can be found throughout the southwestern United States. Great write-up and pictures! 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. Are your kids in school now though? Palo verde beetles belong to the beetle family Cerambycidae, the longhorn beetles. 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. The better fighter a male is, the more females he has a chance to mate with. Once they mate, the female crawls underground to lay her eggs and the adults die. I have a palo verde and it has small holes on all branches they are in grups 4holes or 6holes and they are about 6″ apart , I don’t see any holes in ground so I don’t think is the paloverde borer . These are definately in spain too I can confirm. 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. I have an interest in some insects,but these things are kind of creepy! do you know if they are piousness if your Dog eats it? Adult borer beetles look like a large cockroach. Hi, This year I have found this large beetle in my lawn, however I live in Effort Pennsylvania. Dragonfly Woman’s pic doesn’t show the hideousness of the mug of this larvae and it’s big chewing chompers. Watched the pair run around for awhile before i was able to catch him on a flat surface and take him back outside. They … Thanks for the info. 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. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the roots of the trees, focusing on the starches within the roots. 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. Wow, what a crazy experience! They also lay eggs near other trees, but that’s why they have their name. It’s wholly understandable that people might be a little squeamish of a 3 inch long, well armored beetle. Meet the palo verde beetle (or palo verde root borer beetle), Derobrachus hovorei: I think these beetles are one of the best parts of living in the Sonoran Desert. It’s my understanding that these root borers often don’t do a lot of damage to an otherwise healthy tree and even if they are causing problems, the damage is not super obvious. What can it be? Not happy & rather grossed out. The sound effects were startling! The larval stage can last up to three years. In New Mexico, they are called the mesquite root borer because of their preference for mesquite roots. He reminisces his childhood days when he’d poke around with all similar ‘little’ fellas. Later, large quarter-sized holes in the soil near the roots of a tree during the monsoons give a visual indication of the beetle’s emergence.They surface in the wet, early monsoon season to mate over a 30-day period. Glad I could give you some useful information about one of my favorite beetles! The Sonoran Desert is AMAZING! He was just lovely I got a picture of him if you want to see him. Help! .Are they also native to the Northeast?? It probably doesn’t help that they’re also nocturnal and emerge from the shadows when you least expect them. Interesting that you saw so many of them at once. Practice proper watering and fertilizing around to help eliminate attractive environments and conducive conditions for Palo Verde beetles to thrive. I forwarded her your reply. Thanks for the great post! The hole was at least an average of .250 inch! Image of Palo Verde Borer Beetle by Robert J. Bradley: To Gardening and Landscaping in Maricopa County, AZ . One minor thing though; emerald ash borers are in the family Buprestidae, not Cerambycidae. Adult palo verde beetles don’t feed at all and rely on nutrient reserves they ingested as larvae to fuel their adult activities. I do have a sickly tree right next to my house. The prionus beetles look a lot like them too. What a night! 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. Pingback: Giant Black Beetle… Palo Verde Beetles « Words-n-Motion. I captured the beast in a shoe box and before leggings it go I did a quick search and found your article. Keeping it means a great new experience for your students, and that’s often a good thing. 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! The Palo Verde Root Borer is a member of the beetle family, the largest group of insects in the world. They’re attracted to lights, so maybe they were just headed for the lights indoors? Q: I’m pretty sure my palo verde tree is suffering from major beetle damage. Sorry you’re getting them in your house though! 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! We’ll be on the lookout for live ones. However, they will also eat the roots of other broad-leafed trees and shrubs. If you dig up palo verde trees, you will supposedly nearly always find several palo verde beetle larvae happily munching away on the roots. That’s more interest than a lot of people have in 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. they look like a huge cockroach more them a bettle. On a recent segment from 12NEWS KPNX, Burns Pest Elimination was featured to inform the public more about this bug, its lifecycle, and to what degree it’s a cause for concern. We found two in our house, here in Tucson, in the last few days! 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. Thanks for the information. However, I’m unfamiliar with the insects in that part of the world, so I’m not sure what to recommend instead! Being an elementary school teacher, I think it is really important for children not to see all insects/bugs as “icky” so I keep a pair of purchased Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches on my desk and have bought Bess Bugs, and African Millipedes. So glad I could share something new with you! I associate them with lazy, hot summers and the arrival of the much-needed rains. It’s May 23rd 2013 in Palm Desert CA and I have been pulling these out of my pool the last couple days. When they’ve grown large enough, they pupate underground. They’re hilarious to watch flying around. Not to mention they’ve killed two of our trees. I couldn’t believe it when two days later I checked on it and it had chewed/bored a hole through the bottom outer edge of the cup. They don’t feed as adults, so they don’t live very long. There are several closely related species though, including other Derobrachus and the very similar Orthosoma. 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. Larvae stay in the roots for 2-4 years before maturing into adults. I need something POWERFUL, but still safe around kids and dogs when dry. (I know – they’re no longer allowed). Image of Palo Verde Borer Grub by Lucy K. Bradley. Hoping I can somehow get rid of them before they destroy the tree, or move in with me. I take my entomology as a new hobby and try to learn as I go before I can enroll.. but this beetle stumps me. Palo Verde beetles spend most of their lives as subterranean grubs feeding on the roots of Palo Verde trees. I wish I’d have known the jaw power of the larvae, I would have speed frozen it too! If the trees are weakened for any reason, that’s when the damage the beetles cause start to matter. The same day, I caught an adult, and Zplock (r) bagged it and speed froze it in my freezer. 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!) During Arizona’s monsoon season in the summer—around the beginning of July—the beetles surface from the soil, increasing in prevalence throughout August and September. Should I make the local extension office aware that there could be a new bug in the state? 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?”. Palo Verde beetles emerge during our summer monsoon season and can be a frightening sight on warm evenings. This is my first summer to live in Tucson and I was totally caught off guard by these guys! Hopefully I’ll get to see one in person some day. 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. Lol. School doesn’t start for another few weeks. Sorry, where should I look for the photos? For the most part, if the trees are healthy, these beetles cause little damage. Or maybe they were just following the cool air? I live in NJ, and believe it or not, a borer beetle, about 3 inches long, got into my house last summer. Will be a different species in Turkey, but there are a lot of similar species! Check out the long, luxurious antennae: Palo verde beetles belong to the beetle family Cerambycidae, the longhorn beetles. Of course! For a more reliable solution to a Palo Verde beetle infestation in Arizona, you can turn to regular pest control treatments for the exterior of your building. The photo to the right is the larval stage of what will become a Palo verde root borer beetle (Derobrachus germinatus) pictured below. And once they exit their ecosystem of tree roots, they often leave holes around the roots in their departure. ( Log Out /  Scared me at first. The best defense against palo verde beetle damage is taking care of your trees! One friend said it was a humming bird and one said a bat, I told them I knew it had to be one of the same bug I found on the porch and sure enough I found your page and confirmed. Are they usually found in California? I knew that – even wore an EAB temporary tattoo around an Ent Soc meeting a while back. ), but I’m glad you enjoyed it at least! They are slow movers, though do beware that they can fly—and quite clumsily! My only question is, how would such an insect make it’s way up to Southeastern Michigan when according to everything I’ve read, they live in Southwestern parts of the country i.e. I am unaware of who might buy them though. If it’s in Romania, it’s not Derobrachus hovorei as it’s only found in the southwestern US. Exciting find – and I’m glad you’re rescuing them. — the palo verde beetle is harmless. There are several very large beetles that look similar in the same group, so that would be my best guess. I need to know how to overcome my fear of these things. The Prionus beetles are similarly sized and shaped, so I’d bet you saw one of those. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But, you should talk to someone in your area for more specific information about what you can do about it. I had never seen anything like it before, I ran inside the house to get something to put it in so I could do some research on it and find out what it was but by the time I returned to the spot it was in it had vanished. Did make me laugh though. Oh, while writing this, can see him pottering around trying to figure out a way! Time for the palo verde beetles to descend on Tucson and fill the night sky with giant beetles flying around drunkenly looking for mates. This beetle feeds on all varieties of Palo Verde, but likes the Mexican Palo Verde [Parkinsonia aculeata] best. They range from brown to black in color. 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. 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. Please see my. They don’t normally do a lot of damage to most trees that aren’t already stressed, but sometimes they do cause problems. They’ve got all kinds of intimidating looking spines and beautiful eyes – gorgeous beetles if you give them a chance! Thanks!! After mating, adult beetles lay eggs in the ground, consequently breeding young Palo Verde larvae that will later hatch and grow up to munch on tree roots, too. I live in India! I’d love to see the photo. 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. https://absoluteexterminating.com/blog/beetles/palo-verde-beetle-dangerous The next day it was gone, and I think it survived now knowing how difficult they are to kill. A lot of pest control companies will put pesticides in the holes near the base of trees, but they are exit holes and not entrance holes, so they’re dumping chemicals into an abandoned hole a lot of the time… Honestly, I’m not sure if there’s much you can do about them, but if you keep your trees happy and healthy (water as needed, fertilize them occasionally, etc), the larvae shouldn’t be much of an issue. ( Log Out /  I’m not that far from Texas you know , I just may have a palo beetle , let me know what you think !! I agree – having them flying around you is an interesting experience, but I’m glad you at least find them interesting on the ground. Or click on the RSS icon to subscribe via the RSS feed reader of your choice. When I filled up the holes, a beetle emerged slowly! This a truly impressive beetle. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Thank you and its time to say goodbye to this uninvited guest. Palo verde beetles are gigantic and very scary to a lot of people who encounter them. I suspect it was a close relative of the palo verde beetle! I need your opinion regarding this beetle pictured in Romania: http://onecourtier.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/the-walk-of-the-longhorn/ . If you haven’t done so already, I recommend releasing it. I’ll try taking a pix. Palo verde beetles can cause some damage to trees, especially non-native ornamentals, but usually only in trees that are already having problems. I’m a little envious! 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. They also make a high pitched squeal when you pick them up. Anything I could tell you would be pure speculation! Is it a Derobrachus hovorei? 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. Female bruchid beetles lay their eggs on palo verde seedpods. It’s well worth a good look. Makes me want to get to the desert to explore even more! Arizona has such amazing insects…. Though I don’t have any numbers to truly support this, people seem to see a lot fewer of the palo verde beetles in Phoenix than they do in Tucson, which may explain why you’ve never seen one! If I know my palo verde beetles, I would imagine it was holding its own against a cat fairly well! 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. Really? I have a friend that said her babysitter found what sounds like a Palo Verde beetle in the house (children’s playroom) and it was hissing. Don’t want to show them a dead beetle. Its long horns .. antenna are thinner and the overall bodies are stumpier. Do they “hiss” at all? ( Log Out /  It won’t live more than a few days most likely as they don’t feed, but preserving it is easy! I’m 5’7 and the damage goes up a few more feet. Thanks for this informative post and fabulous pix! They resemble giant cockroaches with long antennae, sharp mandibles and a spiny exoskeleton. I came home tonight about 8 hours after my first encounter and low and behold he’s back on the garage door O_o. I found one on my front porch, I ran in to get the camera and actually did get some decent shots. Creepy looking but very cool. I need to block the entry site so more don’t come in. I live in Tucson and while seeing these Palo Verde beetles mostly on my way to work at 4am I had a question about a similar looking beetle. The vector beetle: The beetle is a new Euwallacea species relative of the tea shot hole borer (an exotic Asian ambrosia beetle). I showered one with Bifen I/T and it just sat there seemingly enjoying it. Spraying chemicals around your trees or inside the holes near roots won’t do much good, especially if the beetles have already left from underground. 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. But if you want a good laugh, watch a palo verde beetle fly sometime. Learn about the Palo Verde beetle in Arizona and how Burns can help with pest control and prevention tips. Most notably, the entire life purpose of a Palo Verde beetle is to emerge from underground, find a mate, and immediately die. The palo verde beetles you collected are very common during the monsoon season and not a big concern. It would be a little intense coming around a corner and seeing one sitting there on the carpet! Well, keep up the posts. And we live in Idaho. AZ, CA.? I pulled up a small tree stump in my yard here in Las Vegas and found one of those humongous larvae, put it in a giant plastic cup from a fast food joint with some of the dirt from the hole from which it came. It’s that time of year again! 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! If one of these “fly” at me I will die ! I live in Louisiana and have been trying to figure out what has been eating my tree , well your site answered it all. 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. Why study them? The whole summer, I slept with one eye open. Hello! They have long antennae, and spines on their thorax. You can send it to thedragonflywoman at outlook dot com. My daughter found one of these big guys wandering around in the driveway last night. 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. I doubt the sound you heard was a palo verde beetle, though I could be wrong. 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. How do you kill the GIANT Palo Verde beetles? I think the palo verde beetles look rather fierce. 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. Yes, this adult bug can be … The larvae then target the roots of dead and decaying palo verde trees, citrus trees and cottonwoods for nourishment. I posted pics to the response email since I can’t include pic here , thank for your help but I do believe you may want to check the pic !!!! They’re large, dark brown nocturnal beetles, 3 – 3.5 inches long. The extension office should have an entomologist on staff, or at least Master Gardeners, who can help you with the identification. Just position the legs how you want them to look and then leave it alone for a week or two. Nice bug , no doubt. Would love to see them, but can’t find them anywhere. When I started watering, seedlings sprouted. Many branches are dead, it barely leafed out, and there are many holes in the ground ), fight, mate, and lay eggs. You are unlikely to have more than one in your house at a time though, so I wouldn’t worry about having more! They would be more likely to have an answer for you. They are pretty amazing, there underbellies kinda look like palmeto bugs aka cockroaches. Because they are root borers and root borers are commonly associated with dead, dying, or unhealthy trees, palo verde beetles are often considered pests. Sorry it scared your wife (my husband is right there with her, I assure you! I think they’re amazing beetles! This beetle feeds mostly on roots of the Palo Verde trees [Parkinsonia]. :). And is it weird that I think you’re lucky to have 4 in your yard? Just found one of these guys in my backyard, getting paddled by a neighborhood Tomcat! Glad you liked the post. That’s not to say that they won’t flail about wildly and try to bite you if you pick them up, and they can deliver a strong, painful pinch if you’re not careful. How odd! My spouse is fascinated; I’m grossed out. There is a Mexican Bird of Paradise (BOP) tree near the Iris patch which produces a copious amount of seed. Keeping it trapped will likely result in a dead palo verde beetle in a few days. If you dig up palo verde trees, you will supposedly nearly always find several palo verde beetle larvae happily munching away on the roots. I found one of these on its back on the ground after a storm (in New Mexico just east of Albuquerque) and had never seen one before. Am not quite certain yet how to deal with the situation. They apear to have drowned but if you take them out they reanimate in a couple hours and usually end up back in the pool, not sure why since I don’t think they drink. Hi, nice blog. I have new pics of this insect here on the east coast of spain for identification. Gopher and Palo Verde Beetle Holes. I’d love to see what it looks like! They have wings and can fly. it’s the 22nd june 2013 and we have hundreds of these beetles flying around the area. If the beetles are really destroying tress, wouldn’t there be fewer palo verde trees around? I live in Phoenix and this week I found two inside my house!! Otherwise, not sure what to tell you! Scared my wife half to death. Nearly all members of the group have these long antennae, including several important wood pest species (such as the Asian longhorn beetles). I saw my first P.V beetle 2 wweks ago while watering our Palo Verde tree (go figure!) Cool! We live in Galt Calif. Just South of Cali’s capital, Sacramento. 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. They likely made the holes you are using. After they hatch, beetle larvae eat the seeds, pupate and emerge as adult beetles through little holes they create in the seed pods. At the same time male beetles, which they later learned had exited a few days earlier, began to fly in and proceeded to mate with the females. But sadly have been unable to find the post again . Our backyard has about 4 wandering around right now…. I think they’re amazing creatures, so I’m glad that you think they’re cool! Here we are several years after your article, and people are still finding it – like me! Needless to say, they are all freaked out. They are only native to the southwest, but there are similar and fairly closely related longhorn beetles in your part of the country. Daphne. Dry pods are not attacked in nature. Were they trying to burrow? It’s a sort of overall weakening of the tree rather than obvious damage you can see. It was almost like a swarm of them.. Do you have any idea why they might try to get, en masse, like this? We want to let this Borer go… plenty of Palo Verde in the neighborhood – none in our backyard. In June and July, the larvae turn to adult beetles and exit the ground via small holes. If you could send them to me at thedragonflywoman at outlook dot com, I can take a look and see what you’ve got! Palo verde beetles DO eat roots of trees, but consider this: there are millions of palo verde trees in the Sonoran Desert and nearly all of them have several palo verde beetle larvae gnawing on their roots. I posted a link to my fb and told all my Texas friends that I had found a winner over those dad-gum massive roaches they have. 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. 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. They don’t like being backed into corners or messed with, so it wouldn’t surprise me if one that made its way indoors was doing everything it could to look menacing. I’ve read up on these cool dudes but all websites only mention america. I’ve lived on the Arizona desert for almost seventy years and seen those beetles and never really knew what they were until now. 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