What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  antlike insect
Geographic location of the bug:  costa rica Monteverde
Date: 12/30/2017
Time: 08:25 PM EDT
I took this shot outside the family Van Trapp hotel in Monteverde Costa Rica
I was taking a walk at night and saw this weird insect. I tried to find information but could not find any so I hope you will be able to tell me.  Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  Terri

Deformed Soldier Beetle

Dear Terri,
This is a Soldier Beetle in the family Cantharidae, and something has gone wrong during the molting process which led to deformed wings.  Several years ago, we posted a nearly identical image of a Soldier Beetle from Costa Rica that had undergone a bad molt Alamy has an image of what the Soldier Beetle should look like, but alas, the species is not identified.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Monteverde, Costa Rica

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