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Old 08-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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This was out back in my pond by the fishing spider. It can't be more than 1/4". I really liked the metallic green and got the biggest kick out of watching them "refresh" themselves.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:46 AM   #2
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This was out back in my pond by the fishing spider. It can't be more than 1/4". I really liked the metallic green and got the biggest kick out of watching them "refresh" themselves.
Long-legged fly (family Dolichopidae); but in a different genus that one you've posted before. They're general predators on other small critters..,
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I...got the biggest kick out of watching them "refresh" themselves.
I have enjoyed watching a Blue Mud Dauber - Chalybion californicum (I had to look that up; I'm no suunto!) come to the pond to "refresh" as well. I guess it could be more than just one individual, but I've only seen one at a time.

For some reason, this beautiful wasp has really earned a special place in my heart. I think it is not only its iridescence, but its behavior. I found myself watching the other day and hoping that the frog, who was also eyeing him, didn't get him. At least that day, the dauber lived to see another day.
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suunto> cool beans!!! I've been seeing these for years and never knew what they were. I've never seen any of them eating anything. I guess they've been too far away from me to see much of anything other than them buzzing around. They usually aren't as close to me as this 1 was.
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Dappy> The more iridescent they are.... the more I like em!!! You gotta get a photo of your blue mud dauber!!
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The more iridescent they are.... the more I like em!!!
"Shiny, shiny!"

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You gotta get a photo of your blue mud dauber!!
I'll put it on my list. No, seriously, I'll try to remember to have the camera with me any time I go to sit by the pond.
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I picked up on the shiny!!! Too funny!!!
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I picked up on the shiny!!! Too funny!!!

Uh, oh. I can't quite remember what it refers to...I guess I shouldn't have repeated it.
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Must touch shiney!

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dapjwy, I watch my bullfrogs eyeing my dragonflies and hope they don't catch them, too. I saw one successfully leap out of the water and get one, once.

I didn't get the "shiny" reference either, although it brought to mind the crow in Secret of Nimh who always wanted to collect shinies. Alas, my kids have now outgrown such movies.
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dapjwy, I watch my bullfrogs eyeing my dragonflies and hope they don't catch them, too. I saw one successfully leap out of the water and get one, once.

I didn't get the "shiny" reference either, although it brought to mind the crow in Secret of Nimh who always wanted to collect shinies. Alas, my kids have now outgrown such movies.

I watched my frog stalk and eat a bee...not that I wanted to see it get caught, but it was an amazing sight...and if nothing got caught, we'd have no frogs.

As to out-growing movies, things have a way of coming full circle.
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