Insect and Bug ID forum: On my Wisteria

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 29, 2015 7:51 AM CST
I saw this while I was picking food for my caterpillars and just wondered what it was since I couldn't recall seeing anything like it before. Sorry the pictures are blurry; the thing wouldn't stop moving!

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JRsbugs
Jul 29, 2015 6:53 PM CST
It looks like a Velvet Ant, it's actually a type of wasp. A predator.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/373445

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/wasps/mutillidae.ht...



Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 29, 2015 7:11 PM CST
I thought it looked like a velvet ant with no hair but then realized it's all wet hence the appearance of no hair. We've had a boatload of rain this month!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Jul 29, 2015 8:22 PM CST
I hadn't even thought about it looking different because it was so wet! I thought it looked like an ant, but I was pretty sure it wasn't, so this actually makes a lot of sense. I really only worry about bugs that might harm my caterpillars and since this is the only one I've ever seen like this, I'm not going to worry about it. Cool to learn something new, though!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 29, 2015 8:27 PM CST
They really are beautiful creatures aren't they? I only see them once in a while. Yep, they are the devil to take a photo of -- even worse than butterflies -- they move so fast! and erratically. You can get dizzy trying to get a good shot of one. Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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