23 August 2019

Art Deco Bug ~

I found this beautiful critter on my front patio. What beautiful and distinctive coloring! Although I did an image search I couldn't find a match. Anyone know what kind of insect I have photographed here?
UPDATE! A Tucson entomologist has made her verdict: Giant Mesquite Bug!
https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/01/28/giant-mesquite-bug-adult-and-nymphs-and-its-edible/

4 comments:

  1. I have no idea. You could send the image to a university entomology department to try to ID it.
    It is a beautiful bug.

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  2. Good idea! One of the scientists who I work with is married to an entomologist. I'm curious now what she will have to say. Maybe this is a NEW species on my front sidewalk!!!

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  3. It's a Giant Mesquite Bug.
    Thasus neocalifornicus

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    1. Thanks, David! Your verdict came in just as I was posting an update. The nymphs are colorful and gorgeous, too!

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