Location: Dripping Springs, New Mexico
April 17, 2012 1:34 pm
Sorry I couldn’t get a better photo of this vividly colored bug. It wouldn’t stop it’s frantic running.
Desert Spider Beetles in the genus Cysteodemus are also known as Inflated Beetles. They are actually a genus of Blister Beetles, a curious family that has great diversity in the deserts of the southwest. You may read more about Desert Spider Beetles on BugGuide.