Subject: New Mexico bug, near the Rio Grande River
Location: Near the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque, NM
June 30, 2012 11:47 pm
I observed this bug this afternoon. It can fly (pretty spastically) or walk and live in a hole in the ground into which it seemed hellbent on bringing scraps of wood bark and other stuff. It even picked up a big piece of dried mud to seal the entrance of it burrow. It is probably 2 inches in length.
This sure looks to us like a Purplish Blue Cricket Hunter, Chlorion cyaneum. The common name would appear to be a bit misleading, because instead of crickets, BugGuide indicates: “Nests are provisioned with cockroaches.”
Correction Courtesy of Eric Eaton
Should be Chlorion aerarium, but without knowing what kind of creature it was hunting, I can’t be absolutely certain. Chlorion aerarium is common and preys on crickets. Chlorion cyaneum is less common and preys on cockroaches.