Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Drives me Buggy

I came home from work the other day and there on the foundation by my back door was, what I thought anyway, a carpenter ant. A REALLY BIG ant.

We've had battles with them before but never this late in the season and NEVER such a huge size.

When I walked closer, I noticed it was a bit piculiar. I had mail in my hand so I used it to flick it off of the foundation and onto the ground. It moved FAST!
So now I am wondering,

What is this bug???? Can anyone identify this creepy crawlie?

I really would like to know if this is related to the ant family in any way. What can it harm? Is it harmless?

I was afraid to let it crawl on my hand. But not so afraid not to get some interesting shots so I could identify it. Except I can't figure it out.

Does any one research Bugs? I'd LOVE to know what this is.
BTW - if you click on the pic above it loads bigger so you can get a GREAT idea how the body is segmented and the brilliant blue/black color of its body.
If I wasn't so nervous about it biting me, I'd be fascinated.
HOW does seeing this bug make YOU feel?


Marianne Arkins said...

I LURVE bugs... Let me see what I can find out.

Judy Thomas said...

Looks like some kind of beetle... I don't think it bites.

Marianne Arkins said...

Found your bug here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/148624

Brandy said...

Okay, I don't like bugs and would have made sure it was NO where near my house!

Hope you're having a great day! (I have my computer back!!