Subject: Giant Agave Bug
Location: Tucker GA
August 9, 2014 1:36 pm
Found this guy hanging out on my screen. He’s a long way from home! I’ve never seen one here in Georgia before!
You have the correct genus but the wrong species. The Giant Agave Bug is a Southwestern species, Acanthocephala thomasi. Your individual is a Big Legged Bug in the same genus that does not have a common name, Acanthocephala declivis. It can be identified, according to BugGuide, by the: “Humeral angles of pronotum broadly expanded, extending laterally well beyond maximum lateral abdominal margin. Metatibial flange broad until apex, then curving in at right angles to tibial shaft. Anterior pronotal lobe with 2 small shining blunt tubercles along midline.” Back in 2010, we received a submission of this species and we proposed the common name of Pumpkin Bug in honor of a grandmother who prescribed a shot of whiskey for whatever ails you, much like our own Slavik grandmother.