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Weird Flying Insect
Tue, May 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM
I was in Reseda, California on Sunday which is in Los Angeles and a strange bug caught my eye. It landed on a bright pink table cloth and started walking around. i noticed it’s long stinger and pattern on it’s wings and quickly grabbed a camera, It did not mind me coming in close, so I shot a few images.
It may be very common, but I have not seen anything like it before. What is it?
My kids would like to know too 🙂
Joel Lipton
Los Angeles, Ca



Hi Joel,
What a wonderful photo of a Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera.  The subject has such personality.  These are very distinctive insects and they are not easily confused with anything else.  Your female has a stinger-like ovipositor.

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