Bright Blue Flying Insects

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Bright Blue Flying Insects

Postby midgin » Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:45 pm

We currently have these largish very bright blue flying fellows visiting us... I seem to think they come this time of year...bigger than a Christmas beetle...always moving..(impossible to get a pic)... I seem to remember they do bite???..(they are NOT March flies)... very, very vivid in colour... anyone know what they are, please?

They have a fattish body.... similar to Christmas beetle.
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Postby Longy » Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:39 am

Blue arsed flies?
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Postby Bulbinella » Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:04 am

Midgin, they are Black Flower Wasps (Discolia soror) their wings are irridescent blue.
They are native solitary wasps and at this time of year you often see them hovering around compost heaps and lawns, they also feed on nectar.....the female wasp burrows onto the soil to locate beetle larvae..(curl grubs etc) which she stings then lays an egg on, the larvae of the wasp then has a food source until the following season when it emerges from underground, so are useful predators to have around.
They can sting but are usually not aggressive.
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Postby midgin » Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:12 am

Thanks Bulbinella, they will find plenty of curl grubs here..... :roll: ...The flying fellows are a very pretty colour....they seem to like on area in particular, that must be our curl grub nursery.
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Postby Shotgun Paul. » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:13 pm

Longy wrote:Blue arsed flies?

I,ll second that. 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Postby midgin » Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:58 am

Here is a pic of that pretty insect...I think the little fellow was sick or whatever as he was crawling across the grass..

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Postby Lea » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:58 pm

He's impressive, isn't he, Midgin? Gorgeous photo (Y) 8)
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Postby Bulbinella » Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:24 am

excellent pic Midgin....I tried to take a pic of one the other day but it was too quick for me......burrowed into the soil, perhaps yours was 'searching' for some soft ground to go down and seek out a curlgrub?
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Postby Luzy » Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:44 am

Very pretty fellow (girl?), midgin - and great photo! :D
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Postby The Estate » Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:37 am

:shock: mazing never seen one before :shock:
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