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Wasp Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea

Wasp Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea
Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
June 13, 2007
This is my "find" of the day. I almost missed taking the photo, too, since my first impression as it flew to the underside of a leaf was that it was a paper wasp (P. fuscatus) which are quite common around here. But since it seemed odd for a paper wasp to act this way I turned the leaf over. Glad I did, too. Which makes me think that I probably missed this one or another mantidfly earlier in the afternoon since I saw what I thought was a paper wasp disappear under the leaves of a nearby oak. This mantidfly was also very calm. I even managed to have it perch on my finger for a time before it flew off.

The Batesian mimicry page bro
The Batesian mimicry page brought me here...this is unbelievable. It's amazing how much there is to see and learn when it comes to insects!

I'll second that emotion ... Marvin.

Me too
Me too. Fantastic!

And a wondrous find it is!
And a wondrous find it is!

Excellent Batesian mimicry
Now included as an example on the glossary entry on Batesian mimicry.
I've got to find one of these--they are just awesome!

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