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Colorful Bug Crawling on Brick Wall - Thasus neocalifornicus

Colorful Bug Crawling on Brick Wall - Thasus neocalifornicus
Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
June 10, 2005
Size: aprox 1"

Mesquite bug nymph
This is a nymph of the giant mesquite bug, Thasus acutangulus, a pretty common insect in this part of the world (I live in Tucson). The adults sometimes come to lights at night, but all stages are found on mesquite.

Do the antennae really have that huge flare in the middle? What a strange adaptation! Do you have any other pictures? These guys all have it. Does that identify a subfamily or genus?

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