Subject: What is this?
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
February 9, 2013 1:02 pm
This landed on a chair in my garden (I live in Guadalajara, Mexico). Very pretty – did not seem too bothered by a camera being close. Big black pincers at the front. Did not appear aggressive.
This is a Big Eared Blister Beetle, Cissites auriculata, or another species in the genus. According to BugGuide, its range is: ” W. and S. TX / Mexico south to Costa Rica / Bahamas & Puerto Rico. Only recently recorded from the US. (Lewis 2004).” BugGuide also indicates it: “Parasitizes carpenter bees, Xylocopa spp.”