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shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 12, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Credit: shady
Salmon fly (aka Willow-fly aka giant stonefly aka...?)

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2013 - 11:30am PT

Phyllodes Imperialis
Credit: dirt claud
Credit: dirt claud
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
May 14, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
My wife found this monster of a fly catcher while cleaning my parents garden in Oklahoma.
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser

This one was found while skavaging for brass in northern NM.
Credit: Bowser
Credit: Bowser
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 16, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
Ron, it's only a cricket, give him a break. He's only trying to scare up some you-know-what.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
May 16, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
MH2, this one was at Devil's Punchbowl (looking a little "furantic"):

Credit: justthemaid
MH2

climber
May 16, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Looks like it might get angry, too! Good you stayed out of its way.
Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
May 16, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Those furry ants sting harder than anything I have ever been stung by ever!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 16, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
They're knott ants, you blighters, they're wasps!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 21, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
In my yard yesterday:

Western Pine Elfin
Western Pine Elfin
Credit: Willoughby

Hey Ron, I don't know why you'd want to smack a Stump-F*#ker with a shovel. All they want is to visit flowers and find a piece of timber to punch their eggs into. I have a lot of experience with Megarhyssa nortoni from working in the Angora burn. They're harmless, and fairly tame early in the morning

Overexposed, but that's my finger
Overexposed, but that's my finger
Credit: Willoughby
Visiting a corn lily flower
Visiting a corn lily flower
Credit: Willoughby

That ovipositor IS scary though:

cleaning off its ovipositor
cleaning off its ovipositor
Credit: Willoughby

The males actually go after the females before they even emerge as adults. They have to back their abdomens down the holes to try to reach them. They jam them way down in there; it's pretty crazy to watch.

Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 21, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
it was BUGMAGEDDON!


That's hilarious. I guess one man's heaven truly is another man's hell.

MisterE

Social climber
May 21, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
They're knott ants, you blighters, they're wasps!

I ain't buying what you're selling - that thing was wingless and grounded.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 21, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
E, they're like termites - they lose their wings when they hit the deck
and go commando. Ain't that right, Willoughby?

The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Their bright colours serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Unlike a real ant, they do not have drones, workers, and queens. However, velvet ants do exhibit haplodiploid sex determination similar to other members of Vespoidea.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 21, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Yup, that's a mutillid WASP, aka "cow killer." They kick like a mule, or so I'm told.

One of my favorite wasp mimics, a clearwing poplar borer. It's a moth, if you can believe it. I found this one on a lawn in Sierraville.

Credit: Willoughby
MisterE

Social climber
May 21, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
I am "insetc" unaware - had no idea stingy flying things lose their wings and still pack the punch.

Where's that "things people say to climbers" video?

I need a "Huh!" right now...


;)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
May 22, 2013 - 12:07am PT
My formicidae hell thread from the way-back time machine.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=419417


10b4me

Ice climber
Jun 5, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#305771
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 6, 2013 - 02:08am PT
Credit: shady
Something about them ashes they like.
10b4me

Social climber
Jun 9, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#306195
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 14, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
Some pics from a recent California road trip.

This guy must have been sleepin in. I got the camera about 2" from him...
This guy must have been sleepin in. I got the camera about 2" from him/her so I could take this pic.
Credit: dirt claud
This guys antennae were about 3x id body length. Anyone know what this...
This guys antennae were about 3x id body length. Anyone know what this is?
Credit: dirt claud
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