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Weird Bug in Tucson Arizona
Location: Tucson AZ
October 19, 2011 9:11 pm
Hi, we saw this but outside an Ace Hardware store in Tucson Arizona USA. I have never seen anything like it here before. I took a few photos but didn’t want to get too close because it had huge pinchers. The thing finally flew away. It was about 1.5 to 2 inches long not including its antennae.
Signature: Meg

Long Jawed Longhorn Beetle

Hi Meg,
This is one impressive beetle.  It is a Long Jawed Longhorn Beetle,
Trachyderes mandibularis, and we have posted a few photos of this species in the past.  According to BugGuide, its range is:  “southwestern U.S. (TX-CA), south to Honduras, southern Florida.”  The well developed mandibles indicates that this is a male.

Thank you so much. I can see how they got their name. Armed with the name of the insect I looked up more about them. Funny I had never seen one before in all my years living here.
Meg

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Location: Arizona

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