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Old 09-08-2013, 07:41 AM   #21
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That's not a Golden Digger Wasp. The GDW doesn't have a hairy thorax and it's longer.
Good...thanks, Bulu. After posting it, I started thinking that I just never learn and was posting something that had already been identified in this very thread. At the same time, I knew it looked different, but the colors were similar.

So, now we just have to find out what it is.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:14 AM   #22
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Post it on Bugguide. It doesn't have a narrow waist. Maybe it is a fly and not a bee/wasp. A zoomed in view would help. It is a pretty little thing.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
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Post it on Bugguide. It doesn't have a narrow waist. Maybe it is a fly and not a bee/wasp. A zoomed in view would help. It is a pretty little thing.
Hi turttle! I've not seen you posting lately (maybe I'm just looking at a few threads)--hope you are feeling better. How are your knees (I think that was what you were having done)?

Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. If I don't get a response here, I guess I'll have to upload it there. I can crop it and hopefully get better detail. I also have a video of it.

Yes, it is pretty/cool-looking.
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turttle is back!!!
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I'm coming up with a GREAT golden digger wasp. IT has a fuzzy body as such.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:35 PM   #26
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One area of water's edge at Tillman Swamps was glistening with silvery sparkles as these little things swam around. What are they?

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turttle is back!!!
Thanks! It is good to be welcomed back.

Sage, I have no idea what they are but they are awesome!

Boy, I miss suunto... I have been spending a lot more time identifying my own critters using bugguide and my hundred and one field guides. I had gotten pretty lazy with him around.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #28
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One area of water's edge at Tillman Swamps was glistening with silvery sparkles as these little things swam around. What are they?

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Those look like whiligigs to me, maybe Dineutus.
Family Gyrinidae - Whirligig Beetles - BugGuide.Net

If they are in fact whiligigs, try this: If you are fast enough to catch one, sniff it as soon as you do. They emit a smell as a chemical defense that smells like watermelon to me.
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That does look like them, thanks!
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I’m pretty sure kchd nailed your beetle ID only we call them bumper car bugs instead of whirligigs!!! They’re some of my favorites…. when I run into them…. I can’t help but sit and watch them for a spell. I’ve posted some photos of the “silvery” whirligigs before from when I was out east. They’re part of the clean up crew just like opossums, vultures, and even eagles only they do their “thang” in water. They eat dead bugs…. well… they’ll also eat bugs that are on their way to bug heaven too.
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kchd> You crack me up!!! Tell me tell me tell me do…. how did you come to know they smelled like watermelons>>>? I’ll for sure try to take a sniff the next time I run into any of them!!!

adding something... I did post some photos of “silvery” whirligigs!!! Check out post #5 here Adkins Arboretum, Maryland and post #4 here Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi.
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