I just had to share a photo of the beetle that my husband found wandering in our crawlspace the other night (I don't even want to think about how it got in there). He felt something brush his hand and was quite surprised to see this thing looking back at him when he pointed the flashlight at it. Once he regained consciousness, he called me to come take a look (oh joy), and after we managed to calm ourselves down, we caught it in a jar and put it in our insect cage (count on homeschoolers to have such a thing) for safekeeping until morning so the kids could enjoy its beauty before we let him go.
I was quite concerned that we were infested with some rare species of tropical cockroach, but it turns out that this guy is a Pine Sawyer beetle, which is native to BC. I have to say, I've spent a lot of time in the BC wilderness, and I've never laid eyes on this particular insect before (thank goodness for small miracles), but than again, neither had my father-in-law, who's a retired forester.
I guess we were lucky to catch a glimpse of such a rare creature, but for now, I'll be steering clear of the crawlspace.