Identify this beetle like bug with pic

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by swingerofbirch, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I've had a bucket of water outside for my dog. He stays indoors but sometimes is outside with me, and I put it out there in case I ever forgot him outside in our yard. Anyhow, I came across this insect in it several days ago. I saw it floating there and thought it was dead. Then today--several days later--I noticed it was swimming in the water (well not swimming, but moving a bit). I am squeemish about these things so I got my sister to take it out with a broom and amazingly it walked around on the ground as if nothing had happened. We debated about whether to kill it or not. Both of us are vegetarians and don't like killing things. But we were worried it might be a cockroach which I guess have diseases. The reason to be concerned is that this water bucket was right next to the door of our house. We eventually decided to sweep it into the grass.

    FYI: it was in total about two inches long, maybe a little more.

    For future reference, does anyone know what it is?

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  2. dodong macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2007
    Looks like a cockroach to me. I don't think cockroaches have diseases. Flies and mosquitoes are the ones to watch out for.

    If it is a beetle or a bug, I think they are safe.
  3. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I would say it's definitely not a roach. Roaches are pretty distinctive.

    It's just some sort of beetle, not to worry. No need to kill it if you don't want to. We have many beetles around here that look like that; they come out in the summertime.

    This is a roach:
  4. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2003
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I'd say these are the main ones to watch out for (yes, crabs too!):
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  5. corywoolf macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2004
    I prefer them crispy. :D

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  6. blueicedj macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    it looks a lot to me like a California hissing beetle, should be harmless. What sounds does it make?
  7. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California
    That's definitely a beetle of sorts; I'm sure it's harmless. Beetles are my favourite kind of bugs. :)
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
  9. Joshua8o8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawai'i
    are you kidding be? cockroaches are loaded with diseases... i think? They must have diseases, they eat doo-doo! i would say there up there with flies and mosquitoes. Im glad i live in hawaii, i have never seen a two inch beetle here, and im glad there are no real snakes here as well, and bears, and crocodiles & alligators, but we do have sharks!
  10. swingerofbirch thread starter macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Thx for the help! It made no sound. It was remarkably resilient however.

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