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Unusual Insects Found in Arizona

An Iron Cross Blister Beetle (Tegrodera aloga) sitting on a rock in Lower Tanque Verde Falls, AZ.

Arizona is home to some pretty weird insects. While those who live outside the region may fear our unusual insects and arachnids, most are harmless. That said, knowing how to identify the potentially dangerous pests in the state is key. Whether they’re mild or wild —or a little scary—the quirkiest of Arizona insects are fascinating. Found an unusual invader in your home? Request a free estimate from Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control.

Iron Cross Blister Beetles

Of the large beetles in Arizona, this is one of the more unique varieties. Measuring nearly an inch long, this colorful beetle boasts a red head and yellow back. Its unique defense mechanism involves secreting cantharidin, a compound that causes blisters. While not dangerous to humans, this secretion can be harmful or even fatal to animals.

The Arizona Sister

This butterfly is one of the most eye-catching flying insects in Arizona. While its base color is dark brown, it’s accented with vivid primary colors. However, one of the most unusual things about this butterfly is that it feasts on mud, tree sap and the juice from decaying fruit.

Apache Cicadas

When it comes to cicadas in Arizona, the Apache is one of the weirdest varieties. Like its more ordinary counterparts, it chirps loudly to attract mates. It’s a good thing too, because this cicada is one ugly insect. Its bulging eyes and clear wings will get your attention if its mating call doesn’t drive you insane first.

Giant Hairy Scorpions

If its ominous-looking pincers don’t send shivers up your spine, this scorpion’s size will. At about five inches long, this critter looks more threatening than it actually is. While its bite is certainly painful, though, it isn’t as dangerous as that of its smaller arachnid relatives.

Desert Tarantulas

These spiders are also more terrifying in appearance than they are in behavior. Its hairy legs add a lot to its size, giving it visual heft at about four inches wide. However, if you leave this desert dweller alone, it probably won’t bother you, either.

Desert Centipedes

Here’s another desert critter that’s bound to stop you in your tracks. These creepy crawlers look scarier than they actually are. Their impressive length—up to eight inches—and seemingly endless legs are the stuff of nightmares. But while you’ll definitely know if you’ve been bitten by one, you will survive an accidental encounter. Rodents, lizards, and bugs aren’t so lucky.

Keep Away Arizona Pests with Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control

While you’re more likely to come across everyday houseflies in Arizona, the state is home to plenty of interesting creepy crawlers. While you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that few are actually dangerous, you probably don’t want them hanging around your home or business. 

Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control can help. If you’re in the Tucson, Phoenix, or Mesa areas, contact us at the first sign of pests on your property. We’ll provide a free estimate, so you can avoid both everyday and unusual insects. Request your free pest control estimate today!