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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Icky Insects: Helicopter Bugs

I don't know what kind of bugs these are but we call them helicopter bugs, because they look like small helicopters. When these two flew in and landed on the fence I thought at first it was a dragonfly, but on closer inspection it turned out to be mating helicopter bugs. The upper one is snacking on a dead bee.


Cryostar said...

The look like dragonflys. We get them around here (st. louis) a lot.

Brett said...

Hi Cryostar,

I did look them up before, I think (I can't remember exactly and I'm far to lazy this morning to look them up!) they're flies. We get them buzzing around, they can get big.

But they do look like they could be dragonflies as well. So I'm not 100% sure. I guess I need to check into it when I get some free time:)



Cryostar said...

This is about the time I wish for a graphically based search engine. Just feed it an image and have it tell you what it is. :)

Jess said...

They are a type of robber fly.

Christopher said...

Sex and food at the same time...Score!

If those are flies, damn, i guess everything in Texas is bigger :)

Steve Bodio said...

Jess is right-- robber flies, predators on other insects.

Nima said...

They even attack and eat bees! I've seen them in Maryland too, they are huge and UGLY.

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