orange bug with blacks splotches and giant clampers
September 20, 2009
We walked outside and saw this on the ground. Please advise!
Sao jose dos campos, Brazil
We vowed this would be our last posting for the moment since we need to go to the market. We anticipate that an exact identification may take us some time, so we are just posting your unidentified beetle in the hopes a reader can provide the answer before we return to attempt an identification. Though it resembles a Stag Beetle, the antennae are wrong. We also don’t believe this is a Longhorned Borer, since again the antennae seem wrong. We are hard pressed at the moment to even place this interesting specimen into a family classification. Our first guess is perhaps some species of Ground Beetle in the family Carabidae.
Eric Eaton provides identification
September 21, 2009
Yes, it is, believe it or not, a blister beetle, family Meloidae. More specifically, it is Cissites auriculata. Lots of images pop up in a Google search for that genus.
Thanks for the response Eric. A web search immediately brought up a posting on BugGuide from Texas with an comment that the common name is the Large Eared Blister Beetle. There is also a page on the Texas Beetle Information website.