Beetles are a common pet here in Japan. These ones are for sale at the Makeman (closest thing you get to Home Depot here). I think these are a rhino and a hercules beetle. The rhino beetle was stuck on his side, but we couldn't get him flipped over. Poor guy. It's hard to be a bug.
You can't really tell from this picture, but this hercules beetle was as long as my pointer finger. I do not have small hands people. This is one seriously big bug. Garrett wants to bring him home. Yikes! I have a scary premonition that at some point before we leave Japan we will have one of these as a 'pet'. Calgon, take me away! Although it is better than a tarantula.
After we got home from Makeman, we were working outside. Garrett and his friends start squealing about a big spider. Sure enough, a good sized banana spider had decided to take up residence right in front of my patio wall. I think not. I am not a fan of spiders.
You have to click the picture to see the spider on the bat. This is after Jer got him off the web and everyone came around and looked at him, and before he got squished. Sorry spider, you can't live here. This banana spider was small, I am totally good never seeing a bigger one.