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PLEASE IDENTIFY THIS BUG
Location: Lat/Lon: 27.6° S 48.6° W
December 25, 2010 8:02 am
I COULD NOT IDENTIFY THIS BUG.
FOUND AT HOME, SPRING 2010, CITY: FLORIANOPOLIS, STATE: SANTA CATARINA, BRAZIL.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CATHERINE MOURA
Signature: ANDRÉ LEAL

Harlequin Beetle

Dear André,
This magnificent beetle is known as the Harlequin Beetle,
Acrocinus longimanus, and it ranges from Mexico to South America and is also found on the islands in the Caribbean.  Encyclopedia Britannica Online has some interesting information on this species.

Harlequin Beetle

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your answer. On Xmas day!!!!!
Congratulations for your wonderful website.
Have you ever heard about Fritz Muller? He was a extraordinary researcher during the 19th century , who lived about 80 miles from my hometown. An early Darwin’s theories supporter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_M%C3%BCller
Thanks very much and happy new year.
Regards
André Leal

Harlequin Beetle

Hi again André,
Thanks for your kind compliments.  Though we were aware of Mullerian Mimicry, we were not aware of the details of the research of Fritz Muller that resulted in the term.  Thanks for the link.

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