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    Wow! That's a cool looking insect

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    Palo Verde root borer
    Derobrachus geminatus
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    In N. Carolina? It says it's native to the southwest. Definitely some sort of giant root borer, I'm pretty sure that common name covers a bunch of species, kinda like "pitcher plant." I'm not coming up with this stuff on my own by the way, audubon society field guide all the way! That thing is huge.
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    N. Carolina? He is in New Mexico.

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    That does look like it could take out a healthy chunk of flesh. Did you let it go?

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    http://www.myrmecos.net/insects/Derobrachus1.html
    http://www.tolweb.org/treehouses/?tr...421#Coleoptera (scroll down a bit) - this site says they squeak and can cause painful bites.

    Alex Wild was with the Department of Entomology U of Arizona (UC Davis at the time photos were taken). His blog says he's moving to the Entomology Department at Champaign-Urbana U of Illinois
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    oops! NaN is probably right then!
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    That would make an excellent specimen for a collection. I am finding smaller versions of what you have here where I live.
    -Joel from Southern California


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