Subject: What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Tolima, colombia
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Is this big connected to chagras parasite? Is this a triatomine bug?
How you want your letter signed: Violet
This is a Big Legged Bug in the family Coreidae, and along with Assassin Bugs in the family Reduviidae that includes the subfamily Triatominae, they are classified together in the suborder Heteroptera, which explains their physical similarities, but Big Legged Bugs are not a threat to humans and they do not carry the Chagas parasite. Your individual is magnificent and very distinctive looking, but despite our efforts, we have only located this image on FlickR and this image on FlickR, but alas, neither includes a species identification. Perhaps one of our readers, like Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia, might write in with a species identification.