The Bag Lady heard the dog barking excitedly outside earlier today, then the Rancher called her on the intercom and told her to come outside. She grabbed her camera and ran out to see what the excitement was all about. It was this: (click on any of the pictures to enlarge them)
Now this beetle doesn't look like much, and for those of you who live in warmer climates, it probably isn't all that remarkable. What makes it remarkable for the Rancher and the Bag Lady is it's size. This is the biggest beetle either of them have ever seen. It measures 2 inches from it's head to it's tail and is an inch across.
The Bag Lady took a picture of it, then went inside and got a plastic container to put it in. She threw a little bit of grass and water in with it and took a couple more pictures.
She even watched while it stuck it's elephant like snout into the water and sucked some up.\
The Bag Lady is wondering if anyone out there can identify this beetle. She and the Rancher think it's probably far from home, because it is so freakin' huge!!