Subject: blue bee??
Location: Palm Springs, CA
August 15, 2015 12:01 am
This is a pretty poor picture due to the fact that a spider got to this bug first. Its brilliant blue color and huge white eyes really caught my attention. I don’t know if this is a fly or a bee but I’ve never seen one like it before. It was about three quarters of an inch long.
Thread-Waist Wasp, not Bee.
Thanks Daniel! Found one blue one in Google images, though none with white eyes.
Hi Again Gehr,
We wrote to Eric Eaton to get his opinion on this matter and this is what he wrote back:
Steel Blue Cricket Hunter, Chlorion aerarium. I suspect death has something to do with the white eyes. Maybe the spider sucked them dry. No, seriously.
Thanks for the update! I agree, definitely most likely the Cricket Hunter. Interestingly, one Google image I found had one with the white eyes. I suppose could be due to dehydration a la arachnid!