found a beautiful bug, but can’t find it anywhere.
April 11, 2010
My husband and I were out off roading in Southern New Mexico today and came across this little guy running across the road. The bright metallic blue/green caught our eyes… He was a fast little booger, and really didn’t want his picture taken. We think it’s a beetle of some kind, but not sure.
Southern New Mexico

Desert Spider Beetle

Hi Cecilia,
We couldn’t help but to immediately read your letter because of the subject line.  This beauty is a Desert Spider Beetle or Black Bladder-Bodied Meloid, Cysteodemus wislizeni, one of the Blister Beetles.  According to BugGuide, it ranges from Texas to Arizona.

Desert Spider Beetle

One Response to Desert Spider Beetle

  1. Eric Koenig says:

    Saw a few of these little pretties and snapped a few photos of them below Livingston Ridge, south of Carsbad, NM

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