What is this bug?
Location: Wickenburg Arizona
May 24, 2011 8:19 pm
Found this a couple days ago crawling along the wall in the front yard. it’s about an inch+ long – we are located about 60 miles NW of Phoenix Arizona. Medium/High desert – summer will get highs of 105 and some nights below freezing in the winter. I asked my dad who has lived in this area for over 30yrs and he didn’t know what it was either. I just let it go on it’s way but got the photo first.
This is a Net-Winged Beetle. Because of its engorged abdomen and the relatively small size of its wings, we believe it is a freshly metamorphosed individual. The wings will increase in size and harden slightly so that the Net-Winged Beetle will be able to fly. Net-Winged Beetles are frequently confused with moths. We believe your individual is in the genus Lycus based on photos and information posted to BugGuide.