Brightly-colored Turkish beetle
Location: Central Turkey – Ihlara valley, Cappadocia
December 28, 2010 11:34 am
This is a picture of what looks like a beetle, taken in June 2009 in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.
We’ve identified some of our other Turkish bugs from this great site, and were hoping you could tell us what this beauty is!
Signature: Dave and Debbie
Dear Dave and Debbie,
Perhaps the reason that you have had difficulty with this particular identification is because you mistook this Stink Bug for a Beetle, a common mistake. This is a Red and Black Striped Stink Bug, Graphosoma lineatum, and the Trek Nature website has a photo posted that was taken in Turkey. BioLib has an image of this species that was taken in Israel, and elsewhere on the BioLib website, the range is listed as “North Africa, Spain?, Southern France?, Sardinia, Corsica.” In our own archives, you can see an image of a mating pair taken in France.