The Giant Mesquite Bug

The Giant Mesquite Bug lives, as you might guess, on the mesquite trees of the southwest. They begin in April as tiny blue bugs with spindly legs and bulbous antennae. They drink the sweet sap of the leaves. Then they molt into stunning red and white nymphs which hang out together to intensify their smell; most likely a defense mechanism that has clearly worked for a very long time. The Nymphs molt into adults by mid-June. The males look like this image and now they can fly. But mostly they stay near their favorite mesquite for mating and laying eggs for the following year. This is their brief, but spectacular form. It’s been a real joy to study this one and enjoy the pleasure of his company.


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