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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:34 AM
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I saw a very weird bug - a bee with a backend of a dragonfly?
Anyone know what that is? I had never seen one like that before. It was enjoying the flowers in my planters.

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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:36 AM
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What's that bug?
Check here, tigereye: www.whatsthatbug.com
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tmooses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:36 AM
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1. Did those flowers have buds?
n/t
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:22 AM
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3. ummm, no
bunch of annuals. Although they might have been on the roses....
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Odonata Donating Member (152 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:38 AM
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2. Did it look like any of these
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:24 AM
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4. maybe the great goldendigger wasp?
bee head, really long elongated back end... much bigger than I have ever seen.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:26 AM
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5. This has been a good summer for strange bugs.
Here's a Canadian dobsonfly hanging out on my former coworkers window a couple weeks ago:

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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:37 AM
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6. yeah, I remember that!
wish I had thought to take a pic. It was a huge bee like creature with a very elongated back end. Never seen anything like it!

:hi:

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TimeChaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:48 AM
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19. Dobsonfly larva are worse


Creepy
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Rainbowreflect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:39 AM
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7. I saw a really beautiful bug this morning that I have never
seen before. It had wings with that were mainly a pretty greenish, turquoise with gold & black spots.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:42 AM
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8. Had one of these the other night


Ten-lined June Beetle
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:44 PM
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10. that is a very funky bug!
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:53 PM
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11. that's what I said
I'd never seen antennae like that before.

mike_c is an entymologist, and he hooked me up on the ID.
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AntiCoup2K4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:07 PM
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13. Is that a bug, or a really tiny chicken??
:crazy:
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caty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:00 PM
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9. Do insects date
outside of their species? :shrug:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:03 PM
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12. that was my question!
:)
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:08 PM
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14. Dunno. But I saw something that was either a bee or a humming bird
It looked a bit like both, actually
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:45 AM
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18. those are freaky moths ....
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 12:58 AM by bettyellen
i had them in my yard last month.
wait, i'll get a picture.


http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/conmag/2001/06/10.h...

some moths are pretty freaky alright.
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NoSunWithoutShadow Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:14 PM
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15. Did it look like this?


The Cicada Killer, Sphecius speciosus, is a large solitary wasp. A female digs a burrow and provisions it with cicadas. The cicadas are often larger than the Cicada Killer. She stings the cicada oftne in a tree, and then flies down toward her nest while carrying the large cicada. If she does not reach the burrow, she climbs another tree lugging the cicada and then attemps again to fly to the burrow. The cicada is only paralyzed by the wasp and once the cicada is buried an egg is layed. When the larva hatches, it feeds on the still living cicada, a source of fresh meat.

I"ve seen a few of these, they are one large nasty looking wasp.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:43 PM
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17. no
it was as if it had a weird tail on it... although the more I look at pix, the more I think it was some type of wasp.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:16 PM
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16. calling Mike C., DU resident entomologist!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:37 AM
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21. checking in....
Nothing rings a bell from the description, though. Something like this, maybe? These are ichneumonid wasps:





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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 10:59 AM
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22. well, the pic of the great goldedigger wasp looks about right


thanks, it was the oddest thing I have ever seen. Unless it was some rabidly different bugs mating as they searched for nectar...
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:55 AM
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20. Could this be it?
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 12:56 AM by EstimatedProphet


Sawfly
Members of this family are known as sawflies and the larvae are commonly call spitfires. Sawflies are the most primitive of the Hymenoptera and do not have the characteristic wasp waist which is seen in ants and wasps. These insects are called sawflies because the female is equipped with a saw-like ovipositor, which is used for sawing slits in plant material into which she lays her eggs.
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