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Steel-blue Cricket Hunter - Chlorion aerarium - female

Steel-blue Cricket Hunter - Chlorion aerarium - Female
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
July 4, 2005
Size: About 1 inch
Originally I thought that this was a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter. I have since seen photos of other that look the same but with different names. Would like some help to identify.
Thanks

Moved
Moved from Chlorion.

Chlorion aerarium.
It is difficult to say without examining a specimen, but I am pretty confident this is indeed a female Chlorion aerarium. The blue mud dauber is very similar, but usually smaller, duller, and hairier. The face of this specimen is essentially hairless, and the coating of soil particles on the top of the thorax indicates she is a burrower, not a mud dauber. Nice image!

 
Steel-blue Cricket Hunter
Thanks Eric, there are so many little nuances that have to be learned to identify these critters.
Naomi

 
Critter
I completely agree. Wow, that is an interesting critter. I never know what to call them exactly. They have such scientific names, but look very similar.
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