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Giant Mesquite Bug

Thasus neocalifornicus

Description:

"The bright, conspicuous colors of the Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs are a form of aposematic coloration meant to warn potential predators that they are not good to eat. If bothered, the flightless nymphs will produce a stinky secretion to repel predators not already warned off by their bright colors. I have never observed birds bothering Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs, and my dogs avoid any that fall on the ground."

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28 Comments (1–25)

He is very colorful and pretty!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

crazy

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 9 years ago

great series! beautiful colors...

discovery2
discovery2 9 years ago

that looks electronic.

discovery4
discovery4 9 years ago

So cool. Thats crazy.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Beautiful!!

That's an impressive insect!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Nice shooting..!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

congratulations!

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

Wonderful photos! Very nice & congrats.
I like the paddles on the antennas.. I wonder as to why they are present..

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD, nicely done.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

Congrats on SOTD!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations!

Lilabner30
Lilabner30 9 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing such an amazing creature with us!

misako
misako 9 years ago

cool!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Grate spotting congratulations!
Felicidades Yofran!

isabellasmurf
isabellasmurf 9 years ago

Beautiful!

Yasser
Yasser 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah Yofran! You're off to a great start. This beautiful set has been selected as Spotting of the Day! Congratulations!

"The bright colors of the Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs are meant to warn potential predators that they are not good to eat."

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harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Espectacular bien futurista lo mas parecido a partes de un robot

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

Que tal la belleza de insecto :)

pmbagga
pmbagga 9 years ago

Cute!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Spectacular!

Sudachi
Sudachi 9 years ago

Amazing patterns!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

That's fantastic! What striking markings!

Oh wow! Great series!

YofranAlbarrán
Spotted by
YofranAlbarrán

Morelos, Mexico

Spotted on May 15, 2012
Submitted on May 15, 2012

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