Miner Bees

We seem to get a good number of miner bees from late July through August. While they have no stinger, if they are mistreated the can bite (we’ve never experienced it though and have let them crawl on us). They seem especially fond of eggs, chicken and pork. They will come cut off a piece and carry it away so we always put out a special plate just for the bees while we are eating on the deck. They live in the sandy soil by the fire pit.

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Watermelon Beetle

Also know as the Ten Lined June Beetle. When I was a kid and went to camp, these guys were always buzzing around the lights at night during the summer. They make a hissing noise when disturbed (which provides entertainment for our dog who never harms them but certainly is curious). I don’t think they bite but they fly and are annoying.

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A Grub

We were raking some brush under a tree and found a small grub. I’d never seen one before. Zach (who was 7 at the time) thought it was pretty cool and was quick to play with it. I’d done a 2 minute search and told him they can’t bite. Within 5 minutes, Zach said it bit him and had a tiny red spot on his hand. Needless to say, we likely won’t play with grubs anymore.

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We rarely see them on our property. During the month of May they are fairly common in the national forest. We found this one walking across the driveway in November and decided to keep him and release him in May as he would be unlikely to survive over the winter. His name is Terry the Tarantula, he was a fun pet for awhile but seemed quite happy when we released him back to the wild.

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Nothing quite grosses me out as much as a millipede. They can move really fast and have all those creepy legs, yuck!! I’ve been told they are harmless but I’ve never touched one to find out. Ewwww!

2013 09-30 Giant Millipede at cabin


Or crayfish, they are a very invasive critter. We did a girl scout event with a local ranger and were shown how one crawdad can multiply and take over an entire pond, eating every other living thing in it. That is why they are illegal to transport live in the state of AZ.

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Darkling Beetle

These beetles are easily found in the driveway during the summer. Our kids love them and often make racetracks for them in the sandbox. When scared, the stand on their head but it takes a good but to make them do it.

Big Beetle - Megan holding

According to the kids they will commit grand theft auto if not watched closely so beware.

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About 100 feet down the road we found them burrowing in the ground. We’d noticed the holes before but never know what lived in them.

2011 07-04 Where the black beetles live