When we first moved to our home in Ecuador a little over two years ago, Mary would often call to me from the patio or balcony and ask, “What is this?” Usually we found ourselves intrigued with some new bird, animal, or insect. I would grab the camera and we would record the new discovery.
We still see a wide assortment of God’s creations here around the house, but we are more familiar with the local critters and we do not often find insects that are new to us.
But, this morning I got the familiar alert from Mary letting me know there was a different “new” bug on the deck outside the guest bedroom. So I grabbed my camera and got the following pictures.
This beetle was about three inches long with six legs and one slightly damaged antenna. After consulting the “source of knowledge” (Google) I am pretty sure that this is a type of Saperda Beetle.
He apparently felt safe in his camouflage (which would have been perfect on a concrete wall or drying leaf) and he did not move as I switched the camera over to macro mode and moved in for closer shots.
From the top, it looks like his antennae grow directly out of its’ eyes, but this side shot shows the eyes warily looking at me as I moved it up to the edge of the wall.
This photo also details the unusual multi-jointed feet or legs that must have been adapted for hanging onto the edge of dust-pans, because this guy did not want to let go and sit on the wall.
Eventually I did nudge him from the dust pan onto the wall where he posed for one last shot before flying off into the yard.
We will keep watching and learning as new creatures come along to visit us here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!