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Squash Bug - Piezogaster calcarator - male

Squash Bug - Piezogaster calcarator - Male
Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA
September 26, 2006
Piezogaster calcarata - male?

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Very nice image. The males have a 'crook' in the hind tibia, which is not visible in this image, so I can't rule out Euthochtha galeator, though I think the thicker, hairier antennae do support your ID.

The other image shows the crook in the hind tibia very nicely. No doubt now! In Cincinnati, I sometimes found males really torn up. I read that they turn their backs to each other then thrash each other with those big hind legs! Quite the competitors they are.

Now you tell me!
He was about 18" above the ground (in weeds), you wouldn't believe what position I had to get in to take this...and 10" away at that! LOL (All three were still there and intact today, they surely don't move around much but they are alive)

Thanks Eric, I'll move these to the guide since there aren't very many images of this species and the ID tips may be helpful.

I'll go try to get a picture of the hind tibia. Had three of these on Wingstem yesterday, and they were still there today.

Thank you, I thought it was a little better than this one

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