Sunday, July 08, 2007

Follow-up on Scariest Bug Ever Seen in Tucson

First of all, I'd like to give credit to Brandon and Jon, resident Arizona entomologists, for correctly identifying that I did, in fact, find a "Palo Verde Beetle" in my sink... rather than a roach, even though it looked NOTHING like any beetle I've ever seen.

After a small bit of research, which led me to this web page, I recognized those barbed wire/yarn antennas and black spikes behind the head as those that I saw in my bathroom sink after my 4th of July revelry...

Finding this little monster in/near my apartment should not be surprising, as there are two Palo Verde trees in front of my living room window (apparently the bugs come out of burrowed holes around those trees in July).

However, I assure you, it was quite the surprise.

To quote the website:

"Newcomers to [Arizona] are sometimes horrified when they get their first glimpse of a huge bug that, for some, resembles a monstrous cockroach. Yes, this adult bug can be up to six inches long. Even worse--it flies."

Seriously, that creature is totally horrifying... and enormous (is that what she said?).

Plus I'm still not sure how it got in my bathroom.

In other news, I babysat a different little girl last week (cute pictures forthcoming), I'm getting a haircut today, I'm continuing to pack up my apartment, I'm going to the gym, I'm eating way too many "gordita" tortillas that I recently purchased from the Grande Tortilla Factory here in Tucson, I drank too much white wine with Katie last Friday night, I engaged in a Twin Peaks viewing and Citadels game-playing marathon yesterday at J & A's (where I was told I would make an excellent "Dungeons & Dragons" player due to my temporarily affected British character accent), and I'm loving the book Jane Eyre (from which I occasionally read dialog aloud by myself in my apartment in said British accent because I am, clearly, a monstrous nerd).

1 comment:

JC said...

It's still gross whatever it is!