Insect identification

Discussion in 'Mason & other alternative bees' started by Eddy Honey, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    I've never seen anything like this....It's with my camera phone so you'll need to zoom in. This thing is a regular in my new flower bed so I suppose I could get my big camera out for a close-up.
     

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  2. G3farms

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    So where is the insect you are wanting to ID?

    Or is it the plant?
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    If the stems are square and when you crush the leaves it gives off a mint smell.....then I would say the flower is wild bergamot
     
  4. Eddy Honey

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    Sorry, the insect is more visible in the first photo. It is on the RIGHT side of the plant. You need to zoom in to see it.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Do you know your left from right??? :lol: :lol:
    You were really messing with my poor old eyes, it's on the right side :lol: :lol: Just kept on looking and looking and looking.....

    going out on a limb here, but I think a common sawfly.
     
  6. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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  7. Iddee

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    How about a hawk moth, g3? They are plentiful around here.
     
  8. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Iddee, you nailed it, I was thinking it looked more like a bee, could not see the wings so I was thinking they were clear, after taking a second look they were just moving tooo fast for the camera but you can see some distortion in the photo where the wings would be.
     
  9. Eddy Honey

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    Oh yes...it can fly really well. It's got this really neat tail too.
     
  10. Omie

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    Yes, the hummingbird clearwing moth. Very impressive creature!
    I took a video of one on my anise hyssop last summer:
    http://youtu.be/Hrrng_k9Jc0
     
  11. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    That is the bug I'm seeing. Thanks! Never saw one in these parts before.