iron cross blister beetles — mating on cactus
Thanks for helping me identify my bug — your site is great. I thought you might enjoy the picture of two iron-cross blister beetles ( Tegrodera latecincta ) mating on a cactus — it all looks a bit precarious! The cactus is a local “hedgehog cactus” ( Echinocereus sp. ). My yard was invaded by these bugs over the past couple of days; I’ve lived here 6 years and never seen them before. Best,
NW Tucson, AZ
Mid May 2008

Hi Jake,
Your photo of Iron Cross Blister Beetles mating is quite stunning.

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