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Colorful flying thing….
Hey Bugman,
I found a rather interesting bug, well a colorful one anyways, while on a hike in Irvine, California. I was wondering if you could help me identify it. I have two pictures, both are a little out of focus, but it should still be pretty visible. It was actually quite large, I would say close to the size of a finger (length-wise anyways). I apologize if you’ve identified it before. I tried looking through your site, but there are way too many bugs already here, and I hardly know what category to look under anyways. Thanks for your help. Cheers,
Janek

Hi Janek,
This is a wasp in the genus Pepsis, commonly called a Tarantula Hawk.

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