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SoulReaver009
May 16, 2020 2:13 PM CST
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 16, 2020 2:15 PM CST
I'm thinking it's a moth, with a wasp disguise to keep predators from eating it.
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BigBill
May 16, 2020 2:19 PM CST
Neither.
I only see one pair of wings. All the wasps, bees and hornets have two pair.
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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Did you make it fly?
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SoulReaver009
May 16, 2020 2:27 PM CST
What do you mean, "did I make it fly?"

It flies. Was that what you were asking?

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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 2:37 PM CST
Does it fly like a moth, a wasp, a hornet or a bee?
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gardenfish
May 16, 2020 2:42 PM CST
I'm pretty sure I saw another pair of wings in one of the pics. The antennae look like moths, too.
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oneeyeluke
May 16, 2020 2:43 PM CST
That's a grasshopper!
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gardenfish
May 16, 2020 2:45 PM CST
I beg to differ.
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Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
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May 16, 2020 2:50 PM CST
Lynda is right, it's a sphinx moth doing its best impression of a papernest wasp!

Good call!
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DaisyI
May 16, 2020 2:53 PM CST
I think the only insects with 1 pair of wings are Diptera (flies, mosquitos, crane flies...).
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SoulReaver009
May 16, 2020 3:09 PM CST
I went out to try and get another pic and it flew at me and I almost fell over. I hate bugs that look like that.

Now I know it's a moth. I'm good! Thank you all.
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gardenfish
May 17, 2020 2:40 AM CST
You're welcome!
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May 17, 2020 3:17 AM CST
That's why I'm called one-eye, because I can't see.
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gardenfish
May 17, 2020 10:39 AM CST
Luke, Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing BTW, you don't miss an ID very often! Those second wings WERE hard to see. Surprised I could see them.
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DaisyI
May 17, 2020 10:43 AM CST
SoulReaver009 said:I went out to try and get another pic and it flew at me and I almost fell over. I hate bugs that look like that.

Now I know it's a moth. I'm good! Thank you all.


You should be terrified, that was the mother of the next batch of Tomato Hornworms. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 17, 2020 10:49 AM CST
That would be a great title for a sci fi movie: Attack of the giant hornworms! See them destroy America's tomatoes! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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DaisyI
May 17, 2020 11:23 AM CST
You should see the Sphinx moths in Reno. The one I saw I thought was a hummingbird! And they're not as pretty.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
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gardenfish
May 17, 2020 11:33 AM CST
The first one I saw I thought was a hummer until I got closer to it.
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DaisyI
May 17, 2020 11:36 AM CST
Maybe the California version is the unique one? They are small and colorful (as SourReaver figured out).
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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