Mary has been hanging around me a bit too long and apparently one of my idiosyncracies is catchy. This afternoon Mary was out by the pool area talking with some friends when she shouted to me, “John, come quick. A new bug!” Ever since we first moved here I have been pointing out new odd or unique looking insects and then scrambling for my camera to get a picture. Mary enjoys discovering new bugs too and was calling for me to bring the camera.
As I came out with the camera, the bug took off flying, but luckily it flew in circles close to my head and then settled on the back of a chair on our patio so I could see it and get some pictures.
As you can see, it is a beetle type insect with a unique yellow/orange stripe on its’ back, but the most unusual thing are the antennae. Striped in Halloween colors of black and orange and then hooking near the ends.
Counting the antennae the beetle was about one and one half inches long. When it was flying around it looked like a large wasp.
I tried to get a close up of the head to see the eyes, but it is unclear where the eyes are. There also appears to be some hair-like growth on the face! Maybe this guy needs a shave?
Mary and I have a large field guide book with descriptions and pictures of the birds of Ecuador. We have seen dozens of different types of birds, but maybe we should have also brought a book describing and picturing insects of Ecuador. My guess is that it would have to be a multi-volume affair with millions of entries.
Life is good in Ecuador!