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06/28/2009 05:18:16 PM · #1
Backyard, Pacific Northwest, has wings but just sat there on this blue plastic toy while I got right up in his face.

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Anyone know what it is? Some kind of Ant?
06/28/2009 05:20:30 PM · #2
By the back legs it looks like it's in the cricket/grasshopper family to me. Definitely not an ant.
06/28/2009 05:23:26 PM · #3
Looks like a momma termite to me.
06/28/2009 05:25:59 PM · #4
Originally posted by aliqui:

Looks like a momma termite to me.

That's what I am afraid of...
06/28/2009 05:27:57 PM · #5
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by aliqui:

Looks like a momma termite to me.

That's what I am afraid of...


I can't find a single picture of a termite where it's hind legs rise above its abdomen. I wouldn't let those little mandibles scare you. Cricket I tells ya!
06/28/2009 05:39:53 PM · #6
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I can't find a single picture of a termite where it's hind legs rise above its abdomen. I wouldn't let those little mandibles scare you. Cricket I tells ya!

As soon as I read your reply I went out to see if he was still around (I took the shots yesterday) - sure enough he was sitting right there - long enough to get two more shots before he flew off - not sounding or flying like a cricket, but whaddo I know.

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06/28/2009 05:42:32 PM · #7
Parasitic wasp.
06/28/2009 05:50:17 PM · #8
My search for an immature grasshopper isn't deriving great results...

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06/28/2009 05:51:48 PM · #9
Originally posted by scalvert:

Parasitic wasp.


I think Shannon is right.
06/28/2009 05:53:57 PM · #10
Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by scalvert:

Parasitic wasp.


I think Shannon is right.

Yep - very close match...
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Thanks Shannon! You da man. Da BUG man. :)
06/28/2009 06:39:08 PM · #11
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I can't find a single picture of a termite where it's hind legs rise above its abdomen. I wouldn't let those little mandibles scare you. Cricket I tells ya!

As soon as I read your reply I went out to see if he was still around (I took the shots yesterday) - sure enough he was sitting right there - long enough to get two more shots before he flew off - not sounding or flying like a cricket, but whaddo I know.

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Yeah, I had one of those sitting on my wall a couple weeks ago. He was clearly alive, moved his antennae when I blew on him, but wasn't in a hurry to go anywhere. The next day he was still there. The next evening he was belly-up on the deck...
06/28/2009 06:39:17 PM · #12
Really? No wings, different legs, are you sure?
06/28/2009 06:44:35 PM · #13
Go to whatsthatbug.com they have a pretty extensive collection of bug photos and, if you can't find it, you can email them and usually get a response.
06/28/2009 06:58:45 PM · #14
Originally posted by KarenNfld:

Really? No wings, different legs, are you sure?

No doubt. You can see the wings folded back in Art's last posted photo.
06/28/2009 08:38:21 PM · #15
I like bugguide.com for this typt of thing.
Definitely looks alot like the Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp - Ophion
SMART people here!!
06/28/2009 08:39:11 PM · #16
Ya, the new pictures definitely make me think wasp. I was thinking along the lines of an Ichneumon like dacrazyrn.

Message edited by author 2009-06-28 20:39:42.
06/28/2009 09:43:53 PM · #17
Yeah, that's the bug I saw. It makes sense; it was sitting a few inches from a woolly-bear caterpillar so had probably laid eggs in it.
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