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    Bluish-black Bug ID

    These have been flying around my plants recently, and I just started finding them all nice and digested in reopened fly traps. Anyone know what they are? They're shiny bluish-black.





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    Looks like a type of mud dauber.

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    Or a similar wasp. The vast majority of wasps are good to have around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joossa View Post
    Wow, it does. I looked up the other bug in your linked bug's info ( http://bugguide.net/node/view/8607 ) and it looks just like that, too. Hard to tell the difference. Based on what the infos say, I'd assume it's the one you linked to. Thanks so much!
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    I find those ugly things sucking up the nectar on all my Sarracenia, yet they never get caught in the pitchers...they always seem to stay on the rim

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    they eat spiders and caterpillars, depending on the species. I recently found a fallen nest full of larvae and paralyzed--but still alive--spiders for the larvaes food. nomnomnom. Very cool bugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obregon562 View Post
    they eat spiders and caterpillars, depending on the species. I recently found a fallen nest full of larvae and paralyzed--but still alive--spiders for the larvaes food. nomnomnom. Very cool bugs.
    That's awesome. It's amazing what you learn about things like bugs and moss, just from dabbling in the carnivorous plant hobby.

    Can these things sting (humans), like the wasps we're all familiar with? They don't seem to want to, as I've treated them as family when I'm out with my plants, but I'm wondering if the can.
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