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Sun May 5, 2019, 11:19 AM

Last night, at dusk, in one of our Palo Verde trees I saw a bug. It's antenna was black, but all of

its body was orange including the 6 legs, its two wings were also orange but a small portion at the bottom of the wings was black. It also had the same black area on its butt. It was about 1 inch and slender. No other spots.

I did an internet search and found nothing. It's not a tarantula hawk cuz their body is black --- unless baby tarantula hawks have orange bodies. Could not find any info about this.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,

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Reply Last night, at dusk, in one of our Palo Verde trees I saw a bug. It's antenna was black, but all of (Original post)
in2herbs May 2019 OP
wryter2000 May 2019 #1
BKDem May 2019 #2
in2herbs May 2019 #4
Anon-C May 2019 #3
in2herbs May 2019 #6
Fla Dem May 2019 #5
in2herbs May 2019 #7
Anon-C May 2019 #12
Demovictory9 May 2019 #8
pnwest May 2019 #9
in2herbs May 2019 #10
Demovictory9 May 2019 #14
Lochloosa May 2019 #11
in2herbs May 2019 #15
Iggo May 2019 #13
Leith May 2019 #16
in2herbs May 2019 #17

Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 11:21 AM

1. Not a clue

But Iíll k&r

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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 11:32 AM

2. Maybe this?

Rhagonycha fulva. Soldier beetle.

It sort of matches your description.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/spenature_2/35874862166

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Response to BKDem (Reply #2)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:00 PM

4. That is the closest example I have seen except the legs were all orange and the eyes were also

orange. Maybe still all orange because it was a baby??? I'm going to study about soldier beetles. Thanks,

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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 11:41 AM

3. Aside from the variation on color, did it otherwise look like a tarantula hawk?

And are you in Arizona?

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Response to Anon-C (Reply #3)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:05 PM

6. Yes, I live in AZ. The body did not look segmented and was not as thick as a TH, but maybe that's

because it was a baby??? I stunned it when I knocked it out of the tree (while it was munching on the yellow Palo Verde flowers) and turned it over on its back. It was amazing to see everything on its underside orange. Unfortunately, after I stunned it I went looking for a receptacle to put it in and as I was doing that it either flew off or was consumed by another bug.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #5)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:06 PM

7. Too much black. Thanks. nt

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #7)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:50 PM

12. Orange Assassin Bug?



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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:07 PM

8. Did you scream?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #8)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:43 PM

9. rofl

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #8)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:46 PM

10. No, unlike when I see a snake! After the suggestion of it maybe a soldier beetle it took

a couple of website investigation but I finally did see a photo of a soldier beetle which is similar to what I saw. It makes sense that it might be a soldier beetle cuz we just planted some marigolds in our vege garden.

I still do not like bugs!! As an aside, we have a big flying bug in AZ that bites instead of stinging, and the bite is painful. I don't know what its called for sure, but when it lands on the spine area on one of the horses they are unable to knock it off so if I'm outside they come running full tilt to me to knock it off of them. Nothing like seeing a TB running full tilt toward you while bucking at the same time. Fortunately, they lock it up and stop just as they reach me and they know to stand as still as they can while I slap the bug and brush it off of them and then step on it. When these bugs land on a horse that you're riding the ride gets interesting real quick!

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #10)

Sun May 5, 2019, 02:19 PM

14. omg. poor horses

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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:48 PM

11. Orange Spider Wasp maybe?

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #11)

Sun May 5, 2019, 03:53 PM

15. I would say probably not cuz the antenna on the bug I saw was black and the body and legs orange.

Thanks,

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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 01:52 PM

13. JEEE-ZUSS, this thread!

Yikes!

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Response to in2herbs (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 08:19 PM

16. I might be off, but

could it have been a box elder beetle?

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Response to Leith (Reply #16)

Mon May 6, 2019, 09:43 AM

17. No chance of them being box elder beetles -- but they, too, are gross. They almost look like the

cone nose beetles we get here during the humid season. Thanks,

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