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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Fuzzy wasp?

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dave

July 10, 2002
1:51 PM

Post #35503

This insect has a wingspan of about 1 inch - about the size of a common wasp. It was very slowly flying around my office and when it approached my face, I blew on it and it crash landed on my desk. Definitely not a very sturdy bug.

Do you know what it is?

dave

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psilo
Bolton, Greater Manc
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2002
2:04 PM

Post #299105

Big country big bugs. Thats the beauty of living in a small country like the UK!
eyesoftexas
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 10, 2002
2:05 PM

Post #299107

I don't see a stinger on this one...some kind of fly/hornet mutation???

"eyes"
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 10, 2002
2:09 PM

Post #299112

More like Misquito
dave

July 10, 2002
2:33 PM

Post #299127

Mosquito was my first thought, but that big?
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


July 10, 2002
2:36 PM

Post #299131

Dave it looks like an Ichneumon species but it doesn't have the long antennea. What color is the back side of the body?
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


July 10, 2002
2:40 PM

Post #299132

Seems to be one of the solitary wasps Dave. Possibly a digger or sand wasp. The other possibility is some sort of ichneumon fly - (parasitic).

That's a lovely closeup. I like the hairy legs ;)
dave

July 10, 2002
4:49 PM

Post #299220

The bottom coloring is a brownish/reddish color. Does that make sense?
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


July 10, 2002
4:53 PM

Post #299222

I'm wondering here what you mean by "bottom colouring" Dave?
Background? Underside? Backside/Posterior?...

I've been having another look, but am rather hampered by only having a book that covers Britain and Western Europe
The length of leg seems to be more that of the solitary spider-hunting wasps that use spiders as food for their larvae. but i probably haven't got yours in my book :(

This message was edited Wednesday, Jul 10th 1:02 PM
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2002
5:12 PM

Post #299224

it's not a wasp. the mouth parts are wrong.

the mouth parts look like our Cleg aka Horse Fly which sucks blood

This message was edited Wednesday, Jul 10th 1:13 PM
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


July 10, 2002
5:55 PM

Post #299268

Thanks Mark, i was wondering about that. The antennae are wrong too.
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 10, 2002
10:20 PM

Post #299477

Here has big mosquito also little one too, and it doesn't look like horsefly... down here has big fat body horsefly look like same to regular fly. Oh well maybe over there different kind horsefly skinny one and big so here is real fat and big. Talk about how bad it hurt when sting on my skin suck blood fast awful itch long time make swell. I hate this.
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



July 10, 2002
10:27 PM

Post #299484

Some type of dragonfly maybe?
troy
Hanover, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2002
11:52 PM

Post #299558

crashed and burned when you blew on it huh. Tic Tac anyone. rotflmao
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2002
2:18 AM

Post #299668

Dave, it looks like a crane fly(some people call them giant mosquitos) They are good bugs and dont' suck blood, but eat other insects. It's too skinny for a horse fly. Here is a link http://mbgnet.mobot.org/fresh/slide/crane.htm
MOLLYBEE
Villa Rica, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2002
2:30 AM

Post #299695

I was thinking that it was a Mosquito hawk, that is what we call them here. and I have always heard that they eat little mosquito's...but not for sure positive.
ROFLOL @Troy!!! I saw this post right after he posted it and I thought about responding to it, but hit the backspace instead..was going to say something on the same lines as you did. LOL Kinda like...I have 2 words for you Dave...Tic Tac!! LOL J/K Dave!!!
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

July 11, 2002
8:16 AM

Post #299875

it's not a dragon/damselfly either as the mouth parts are different.

Mark
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 11, 2002
6:05 PM

Post #300157

Large Male mosquito don't suck the blood small female mosquito does suck the blood for make the babies mosquito. Cala is right about large mosquito is good bug eat other insects!
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2002
11:07 PM

Post #300395

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=www.museums.org.za/bio/images/enb2/enb02436.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.museums.org.za/bio/ichneumonids/&h=171&w=184&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dichneumon%26start%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26sa%3DN
http://www.greensmiths.com/images/shortt3.jpg
Do either of these look like it? There was one around my flowers all day. I can't find it in my insect book.
eyesoftexas
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2002
11:13 PM

Post #300399

Kinda looks like it...but not fuzzy or hairy.

"eyes"
dave

July 11, 2002
11:29 PM

Post #300413

Too thin, I think.
Calalily
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

July 11, 2002
11:37 PM

Post #300419

This is really "bugging" me. I will go look some more.
eyesoftexas
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2002
11:58 PM

Post #300431

Was doing a google search, and it looks somewhat what they called a Cicada Wasp. Gonna look some more.

"eyes"
eyesoftexas
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2002
12:01 AM

Post #300436

Nope...the black & white drawing sounded like it, but this ain't it. Doesn't have a stinger, does it?

"eyes"
eyesoftexas
Toadsuck, TX
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2002
8:32 PM

Post #300988

Can you get us a shot of his back side???

"eyes"
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


July 12, 2002
10:31 PM

Post #301067

Dave, I think it is one of the many Robber Flies. Family: Asilidae. "Robber flies have big eyes and a sharp beak. The front of the face is usually set with bristles that help keep a struggling prey from damaging the flys eyes in the few seconds before the injected digestive chemicals take effect." - Excerpt from Florida's Fabulous Insects. One of the pictures in my book looks just like your insect. One thing these bugs seem to have in common is a humped back..does yours?
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

July 12, 2002
10:52 PM

Post #301076

http://images.google.com/images?q=Asilidae&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search here are a few to choose from
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


July 12, 2002
11:58 PM

Post #301122

Mmmm Floridian and Mark, they look likely. The fossilized ones are even the brownish/reddish colour Dave describes LOL
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 19, 2002
9:35 PM

Post #362361

UFO
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


September 19, 2002
9:53 PM

Post #362376

LOL! Welcome back Max!
weeds
Panhandle, FL
(Zone 8a)

September 20, 2002
3:19 AM

Post #362714

That thing looks dangerous.

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