Coreus marginatus / Chinche de la calabaza / Squashbug
Originally uploaded by macrodomo.
No es un insecto extraño de ver, pero me llamó la atención su "beligerancia" hacia la cámara y sobre todo el encuadre curioso en el que lo veía. La curiosa textura de su cuerpo me parece una obra de ingeniería.
Coreidae is a large family of insects of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs"), including some of the largest members (> 4 cm) of the entire order. There are over 1800 species in some 250 genera. They generally resemble shield bugs and include species known as leaf footed bugs and squash bugs. The hind legs are often modified, sometimes in elaborate ways; it appears that males of at least some species use these hind legs in combat over territories. All members of the family are exclusively phytophagous.
Leaf footed bugs usually only hibernate in households during the colder seasons. They live outside and feed on various plants.