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What is this bug?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by melbo, Aug 12, 2005.


  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Like a cross between a large fuzzy bee and a Cicada or Locust... Strangest thing I've seen at my house, I have a small video clip of it walking too, need to find it. Looks awkward, like it doesn;'t know how to control it's extremities.

    Big Eyes... [slow]
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  2. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Man That looks like the M1 Abrams of the fly world.
     
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Or an A-10 Wart-Bug.
     
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I was afraid it was going to tear my eye out as I was snapping pictures... It moved around a little and then flew slowly away. He really looked like a mutation.
     
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Look's like a Australia Stingless Bee, or Sugar bag??
    Or could be a carpenter bee???
     
  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Looks kinda like Magnus?
     
  7. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Ok I had to use dial a friend...wow :shock:
    I had to send john a copy of the pics and your discription to my buddy here is his reply:


    Dr. John A. Jackman
    Professor and Extension Entomologist
    412 Heep Center
    Department of Entomology
    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX 77843-2475

    That is a robber fly in the family Asilidae. This is a diverse family with many species. Some of them like this one mimic bumblebees. See:
    http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg228.html
    It might bbe in the genus Laphria but there are a few other genera that are similiar.
    http://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/common/images/cd-43-c-txt/cimg229.html
    I hope that this helps.
    jaj
     
  8. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Gig em
     
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