Insect and Bug ID forum: Beautiful Blue Bioluminescence

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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies
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RobinSeeds
Jul 2, 2017 1:08 PM CST
The most beautiful iridescent blue flying insect approached me today, and I couldn't get over what I was seeing. After following him for a second, I noticed he also had blue bioluminescence mid-day! He seemed to glow at will from different parts of his body. I couldn't find anything about this amazing insect on the internet so I was hoping somebody here can shed some light (more light Blinking ).
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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies
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RobinSeeds
Jul 2, 2017 10:18 PM CST
The closest thing I can find to an ID is a Cuckoo Wasp. There are differences in body texture (mine being smoother) and nobody has talked about it's 'glow' ability.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 2, 2017 11:11 PM CST
Robin ~ Very interesting. I will be following in case someone has an answer.
Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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molanic
Jul 4, 2017 3:51 PM CST
Very pretty! I've only seen cuckoo wasps that are either all teal to green or mostly those colors but with a dark red abdomen. I've never seen one with such a pretty blue. It looks like Chrysis angolensis to me. BugGuide doesn't indicate any other similar looking ones to check also. Says it was likely introduced to North America during WWII, and that it parasitizes mud dauber wasp nests.
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover Daylilies
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RobinSeeds
Jul 4, 2017 4:11 PM CST
Thanks for the confirmation Morgan, perhaps (It seems) I'm the only one that witnessed his bioluminescense, he glowed blue...gorgeous! Although, your dark red abdomen wasp sounds cool too. I tip my hat to you.

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