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Giant Mesquite Bug (Thasus neocalifornicus)

This is an immature Giant Mesquite Bug or 5th instar nymph. This photo was made in Sabino Canyon, Arizona in first week of June.
These colorful bugs are ...
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This is an immature Giant Mesquite Bug or 5th instar nymph. This photo was made in Sabino Canyon, Arizona in first week of June.
These colorful bugs are wingless nymphs of the Giant Mesquite Bug or Leaf-footed Bug. Nymphs, like adults, produce a noxious-smelling fluid when disturbed. They are protected by these potent chemical weapons which they advertise to potential predators via their more than bright coloration.
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Cookie1
 
Cookie1 June 07, 2014
Great photo! Powerful how the strong light makes an x-ray image of the right hind leg. Great macro of a nymph mesquite bug.
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe June 08, 2014
Colorful little bugger. Kind of creepy but interesting how the light makes it possible to see through the leg.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto June 08, 2014
I had my choice of many photos to choose from and found this one to hold the most interest just because of the leg being transparent in the strong sunlight : ~))
pfeiffer622
 
pfeiffer622 June 12, 2014
So cool, I love Little critters.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto June 12, 2014
Seems like something so pretty should not be poisonous
Flosno
 
Flosno June 14, 2014
Think I took a photo of the same beetle last week!!!!!...good shot
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lizziemellis June 15, 2014
Awesome:-)
1Ernesto
1Ernesto June 15, 2014
I was in the right place at the right time to catch this last nymph stage before it turns into a bug of not much color but is as big as your thumb.
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sharonmolan June 16, 2014
Wow, stunning!

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