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jaharris1001



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: A Wasp Mantidfly Reply with quote

I've never seen one of these before,, looks like a mantis in front and a wasp in the behind area,, and obviosly they fly,, Shocked


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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is quite a bizarre creature, isn't it? Looks like it was made by gluing parts of other insects together!

I agree with your ID. Folks who are new to these beasts probably think "wasp" or "mantis", but actually it is neither of those. It's in the Neuroptera, along with lacewings and antlions. The dark wings are unusual for the order and can be quite misleading. For more info & pictures, see these entries at BugGuide.net and InsectIdentification.org.

Nicely shot -- great detail on those raptorial front legs. Very Happy

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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rik wrote:
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Folks who are new to these beasts probably think "wasp" or "mantis", but actually it is neither of those.


Thanks for clearing that up Rik, I was under the impression that it was a mantis of sorts. The background is nice and DOF suffers but shooting wild things happen Think Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken Ramos wrote:
The background is nice and DOF suffers but shooting wild things happen Think Very Happy


Thanks Ken,, you are right about the DOF,, only got a small handfull of shots before this guy flew away,, I thought he was unusual so I posted them anyway Wink
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