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What IS this creature.
#89649 January 29th, 2007 at 06:19 PM
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I never seen anything anything even CLOSE to this species.Its got pretty fushia markings

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#89650 January 29th, 2007 at 06:31 PM
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I think that is a red velvet wasp

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#89651 January 29th, 2007 at 06:46 PM
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WHOA, that looks funky! shk

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ive never seen anything like it! shk

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#89653 January 29th, 2007 at 11:59 PM
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I'll see if maybe the Buglady knows!!

Gosh it sure is pretty though!

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#89654 January 30th, 2007 at 12:28 AM
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Its a moth called a scarlet bodied wasp moth. Looks to be, Cosmosoma myrodora.

Hope this helps!

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#89655 January 30th, 2007 at 12:37 AM
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Boy you're quick Suzanne!!! thumbup flw

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#89656 January 30th, 2007 at 01:56 AM
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No problem anytime..
sorry i have not been on the boards lately.. been busy lecturing and traveling.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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#89657 January 31st, 2007 at 05:09 PM
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Thats kewl.but it don't say if they're dangerous or not.I'd hate to bit by one.I'm allergic to bees.


Here's more info with pictures.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/6371

It is a pretty bug.

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#89658 January 31st, 2007 at 05:13 PM
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It's not a bug nor a bee, its a moth. Also bees don't bite, bees sting and flies bite.

It mimics a bee so animals (including us) will leave it alone.

Sorry hate to be so technical but i want to give people the most accurate information possible.

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#89659 February 1st, 2007 at 12:47 PM
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whew, glad it doesn't sting....something that big would hurt for sure.

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#89660 February 1st, 2007 at 03:20 PM
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Its pretty...glad to hear it doesnt sting!!

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#89661 February 1st, 2007 at 03:58 PM
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The adult male moth extracts toxins known as "pyrrolizidine alkaloids" from Dogfennel Eupatorium (Eupatorium capillifolium) and showers these toxins over the female prior to mating.
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#89662 February 1st, 2007 at 04:18 PM
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The alkaloid transfer is for protection against spiders. The female only has them after mating, so umnaited females do not carry them. I would not worry about the moth.


PS be careful about getting info off of buggide.. there is a lot of good info but there is wrong information on that site too.

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#89663 February 1st, 2007 at 04:30 PM
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Question?
Usually moths' would have a catapillar before they are moths... what does that catapillar eat
or is attracked to or by in the garden?
And do they do damage???

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#89664 February 1st, 2007 at 04:35 PM
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Climbing Hempweed (Climbing Boneset)
so not a major ornamental smile

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#89665 February 1st, 2007 at 05:00 PM
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Climbing Hempweed, Mikania scandens so not like a giant economic plant to the landscape.. lol

its also called climbing boneset

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#89666 February 6th, 2007 at 03:47 PM
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So....is it possible to make these creatures want to LIVE in my yard?

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#89667 February 6th, 2007 at 06:11 PM
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I hope they don't want to live in my yard. I have enough weird looking animals.

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#89668 February 7th, 2007 at 02:05 AM
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Grow Climbing Hempweed if you want to attract them.


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