Giant Mesquite Bug nymphs

Subject: Beetle in Vail, AZ
Location: Vail, AZ
June 20, 2016 9:05 am
Can you help I’d this beetle?
Signature: Cindy

Giant Mesquite Bug Nymphs
Giant Mesquite Bug Nymphs

Dear Cindy,
These are NOT beetles.  They are immature Giant Mesquite Bugs,
Thasus neocalifornicus, and according to BugGuide, they feed on:  “The green pods of Mesquite (Prosopis spp.), notably the non-native P. velutina (Chilean, Velvet Mesquite) and the native P. glandulosa (Honey Mesquite).”

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