Subject: Potato Bugs in Spanish
September 2, 2012 2:05 am
I just read your posts about the Potato Bug (I have encountered my share of them as well), and I noticed you say that in Spanish they are named “Niña de la Tierra”.
I’m not sure in other Spanish-speaking areas, but in central Mexico these bugs are called “Mestizo” (Half-breed) or “Cara de niño” (Literally, “face of a child”, I guess it would translate as “child-faced bug”). I’ve never heard anyone calling them “Niña de la tierra”.
Good night!
Signature: Liveswithspiders

Potato Bug photo from our archives

Dear Liveswithspiders,
Thanks for providing this valuable information on one of our Top Ten identification requests, the Potato Bug.

Location: Mexico

7 Responses to Potato Bug names in Spanish: Mestizo and Cara de Niño

  1. joAnn says:

    On the other hand, I have never heard them called any of those names. Well, one is close. I grew up calling them “niños de la tierra” which keeps them gender neutral (children) or male (boys) depending upon what translation is applied to niño. In any case, love the different names and I kind of like the cricket… As long as it stays out of my shoes, not under my couch and all of the other numerous places I have found them in.

  2. E says:

    I’ve never heard those terms before to described these bugs and I’m mexican . I’ve these alot in southern California and family and friends – we have known these generally as ” Niño de la tierra” as Joann mentioned just not as generally termed. “niño (s) ” kids/ child .

  3. Renata Alvarez says:

    I’m mexican and I have always known these bugs as “cara de niño”.

  4. Brian says:

    What the he’ll do these bugs do cause I just found one on my floor at my campsite..dammmmn

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