Subject: Mexican beetle
Geographic location of the bug: Cima de Tepozteco
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Looking to identify this photographed by a friend. Apparently known as escarabajo but I’m guessing that’s a generic name for several beetles.
How you want your letter signed: Cliff
This is not a Beetle. It is a Giant Mesquite Bug nymph, and they are frequently found feeding in groups.
Thank you very much for your prompt reply and identification. Please excuse my basic ignorance of what is a beetle or not.
A friend of mine took that photo, and from a British perspective, it looks very unusual. Several of us will be glad to know.
No problem Cliff. That is why we are still here after 17 years.