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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 16, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
pretty sure the shotgun would handle that ant too!
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

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 21, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
Will,, being a bit "bug-a-phobic" ,, having those winged bastids come right at yur face is a bit much LOL! I was on a quarter acre escaped camp fire once that had about seventeen thousand descend upon us.. it was BUGMAGEDDON!
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
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 24, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
We got smoked out of climbing last Monday, and ended up chasing butterflies along Lee Vining Cr., just downstream from the Hall Nat. Area. Lots of great bugs, but the best find was a group of Dispirited Tiger Beetles, including tons of active larval burrows. This was a good find because A), they're not known to be gregarious, and B) their larval ecology is completely undescribed. I'm going to have to go back and collect some data on this population.

Credit: Willoughby
Dispirited Tiger Beetle larva at burrow entrance
Dispirited Tiger Beetle larva at burrow entrance
Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby

I also found a spearhead that day:

Credit: Willoughby

This Saturday I led a hike up above High Camp at Squaw, and the Cow Path Tiger Beetles were going crazy - lots of sex!

Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby

Tiger beetles are the coolest!
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 24, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
Nice shoot'n Willoughby!
When I see a tiger beetle, I'll know to show it great respect.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
Cool shots of them beetles.

Found this one on the web, pretty cool close up.
Credit: dirt claud
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 3, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
willow Bee, tremendous display. Kudos and good hunting!

Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced

Purple Bee, that pair was for you and Camila.

Here's one for T Hocking. A dragonfly; I sure like that song!

Credit: mouse from merced

And the good old water striders.
Credit: mouse from merced

A vice-regal display or is it?
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 3, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Exoskeleton of an Evaporator Bug. Merced South Fork.
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