Giant Mesquite Bug

Subject: Cricket with wings or a Beetle
Location: Arizona
September 24, 2015 10:11 pm
A friend of mine was traveling in Arizona and she almost stepped on this big 2 inch bug/beetle,
It looks kind of like a big black fly but also looks lie a cricket with wings.
Can you tell me what it is?
Signature: Darlene

Giant Mesquite Bug
Giant Mesquite Bug

Dear Darlene,
Your friend encountered a Giant Mesquite Bug.  Most of the images of this species on our site are of the colorful immature Giant Mesquite Bugs that feed in groups.  The flattened segment on the antennae is quite distinctive, and the powerful legs on your individual indicates it is a male.

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