Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, Picchetti Ranch, Santa Clara County, California, USA April 21, 2009 Size: ~12-14 mm
This wasp-like insect crawled around in the Ranunculus flower like a cat in catnip, sometimes burying its head between the stamens as if seeking nectar, sometimes as if it were trying to cover itself in pollen. It resembles some of the Tenthrenidids and Siricids on your site, but other sources suggest family Cephidae.(?) Cerci shown in more detail in accompanying shot.
Contributed by iNaturalist on 22 April, 2009 - 7:51pm Last updated 6 June, 2015 - 3:16pm
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