Friday, August 13, 2010

Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
This is the Pine Sawyer Beetle . It is said to be the biggest beetle in North America and if you seen the size of this beetle you may just believe it!
Checking out a wildfire burn area brought me to another log where I seen something move. Upon further investigation , this beetle emerged. In the photograph above you can see the this creature lives in the darkness. Helping to break down trees in the wild, however I have heard they do get into places where people live, since frankly we do live where they also live!
Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
This photo the Pine Sawyer Beetle is in its natural environment.
Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
I can not personally say I know anyone who has kept these as pets, or a feed source for another pet. Nor have I heard of these biting anyone, however it clearly looks like it could bite someone ?? I try not to handle the creatures I find to observe and photograph. Though I did move this one to see what it would do.

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
This photo shows that it does look like it has functional wings, now at this stage of life if it uses these wings to fly I did not observe for it was day time.
Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
What I found interesting is, I put this beetle oh 12" from its home? Now insects are just fascinating to me. They use scent as well as other senses  to find their way . This Pine Sawyer Beetle was no different and turned around to head back to the burned out log I found it in.

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle

Back to the log!
Coralie aka Mrsroadrunner: Insects Bees,Spiders &emdash; Pine Sawyer Beetle
Figured I stressed this Pine Sawyer Beetle out enough and thanked it as I left it alone to find something else to get my time and attention.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. Hoping stressing this little guy/gal out for the short time I did, then writing this will benefit many for the time this took. Thank you for coming by!

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