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Blue Mud Wasp - Chalybion californicum - female

Blue Mud Wasp - Chalybion californicum - Female
In Westwood - elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
June 23, 2012
Size: Body length 19mm

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Excellent photo!
I don't know about you, but I think Chalybion californicum is one of the all-time most beautiful insects!

 
Yes ...
... I would agree! I saw one yesterday in the flower garden hunting for spiders; brilliant looking as it moved in and out of the sunshine and shadows.

 
I thought I saw one a couple of days ago...
...But it did not seem blue enough. The wings were very shiny, there was much wing clapping, and some blue hair, but the body was almost black. I saw it again today, and it flew into a crack in the ground that was about a foot long. And never came out! Probably it went into cover to get away from me!


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