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Photo#373510
Mystery pool bug

Mystery pool bug
Spiderweb, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
February 25, 2010
Size: ~4mm
Looks like something one of us redneck hillbillies would make outta spare bug parts. :-))

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Mystery pool bug Mystery pool bug Mystery pool bug

wow... amazing...
i slept thru the whole action... gotta run clean the driveway
neat find, JC!

a rare find...
and in a pool?!? Sounds safer then when I studied these guys as an undergraduate, and had to catch stinging wasps to get them :-)

 
We get a lot of honeybees in
We get a lot of honeybees in our pool. One of our neighbors has a couple of hives. So, the possibility exists that maybe it got in the pool via a honeybee.
Or do these only parasitize wasps? I haven't seen a live wasp (other than parasitic wasps) since December.

 
different...
strepsipterans parasitize different hosts. Some are in bees, but to my knowledge, Apis mellifera is not attacked by a strepsipteran (at least not in the U.S.

 
Can we get
to family on these?

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Yes
This is a Strepsiptera allright!
Greetings

Could it be
Strepsiptera (Twisted-winged Insects)?

 
Reversed halteres
As far as I know the reversed halteres, front wings reduced to clubs instead of rear wings as on a fly, are diagnostic.

 
I think you could be onto something there...

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