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Looks like a wasp with the pinched in waist but much larger and a blue black. Was sharing the nectar of this plant with several White Admiral butterflies.. Extra points for anyone who identifies the plant, it is loved by butterflies and these whatevers.

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10 Comments

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 8 years ago

There are a few bluish-black cricket hunters, some pretty tiny, but the steel-blue Chlorion is a mighty big wasp.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Scott I think you maybe right! Steel blue cricket hunter Chlorion aerarium
Wikipedia doesn't even have an entry. My only problem is size it is pretty big maybe an inch. And the crickets and grasshoppers have just appeared.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Steel-blu...

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 8 years ago

Well, I'm not entirely sure about the wasp, but the pepperbush down here also attracted lots of the same insect.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Scott I think you maybe right! Steel blue cricket hunter Chlorion aerarium
Wikipedia doesn't even have an entry. My only problem is size it is pretty big maybe an inch.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Steel-blu...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago
galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

Wiki says robber flys: " have stout, spiny legs, a dense moustache of bristles on the face (mystax)," and the photos don't look right... robberflies are stout and look a bit like houseflies plus they are carnivores rather than nectar eaters. So I don't think it is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae

@monkey-mind it does look your wasp... does anyone know what kind this is?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Is n't it a Robber fly...?

the plant could be a Prunus laurocerasus, with this insect I have problems myself getting an ID - take a look: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/682...

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 8 years ago

would love to know what this is and name of the plant... any guesses?

galewhale..Gale
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galewhale..Gale

Maine, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2011
Submitted on Sep 1, 2011

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