Bright blue bugs

ernie85017July 15, 2013

DOes anyone know what the bright blue metallic flying bugs are? I never saw them before this year.

Not the flying beetle things that are blue/green. Can't remember the name of those. These have narrower bodies and cute curly antennae. 1 1/4 inches long. Long legs. There is one sitting on a tissue next to me on the desk.

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greendesert

I'm also curious. I saw one the other day, never seen one before... looked amazing. did it look like this?

Here is a link that might be useful: Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 4:35PM
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greendesert

It could also have been a Blue mud dauber. I don't know which one I saw because they look similar, might have been the mud dauber because it's a little darker. It was definitely a wasp type of insect, and it was quite big.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue Mud Dauber

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 4:37PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Wow, those are beautiful creatures! I haven't seen one like that, but now, I'll be looking.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 7:54PM
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greendesert

by the way, if you see a blue mud dauber, be on the lookout for black widow spiders, because that's their favorite food, and their presence is indicative of black widow infestations. Come to think of it, my BIL just told me he killed several black widows, and the other day we saw this thing close to his house.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 12:24PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Well, now, that's another good reason not to kill everything that moves!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 5:11PM
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ernie85017

That looks like him...her... The ones I have seen have distinct curls at the end of their antennae, but the body is the same.
I always have black widows, they like potted plants, anything that doesn't move daily. I HATE THEM. Bring on the blue widow killers!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 12:11AM
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azbookworm

The blue bugs in my yard are the Cricket Hunters. How do I know? Last year we watched one drag a large cricket from out backyard, up and over the brick wall. Wonderous!!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 11:24PM
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