October 19th, 2007

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

The latest find

Thursday afternoon, I was out on the land (some trail clearing, some maintenance (checking water levels, pumps, feeders, etc.)  some photography, some loafing) when something I didn't recognize flew past my face and landed on a nearby Ashe juniper.

Naturally,  I looked at it.  Still didn't recognize it.  The overall body shape looked something like the familiar Leaf-footed Bug we have (large, black, with orange-red tipped antennae), and there was a greatly swollen secton of the hind legs, but this was smaller, slenderer, a golden tan, and the head...well, the head looked as if you'd taken a praying mantis head and put it on a leaf-footed bug.

Thanks to BugGuide.net, I now know it is a Broad-headed Bug, Hyalymenus tarsatus.