Subject: One-legged or injured bug
Geographic location of the bug: Sierra Vista Az
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: 9/9/21 About 8 am – this fascinating bug was on a small geranium plant in filtered light. It appears to have one back leg – injured? Moving the plant to brighter light for a better photo caused bug to crawl under a leaf. Back in filtered light it left a ‘deposit’ (poop? eggs?) as it crawled to a higher leaf.
How you want your letter signed: Tommy and Julia
Dear Tommy and Julia,
This is a Giant Agave Bug, Acanthocephala thomasi, and you can compare your image to this image from BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Males have greatly swollen hind femora bearing at least one large spike; females have slender hind femora bearing several small spikes.” Based on this BugGuide image of a mating pair, we believe your individual is not a female and the deposit on your other image is not an egg.