Off Topic Sighting...

Lynn Scott lynnscott at
Sat Aug 10 14:26:09 EDT 2002

Interesting comment.  A month or more ago, at my UV light, I observed and 
photographed what looked like a big mean bee or wasp that I eventually 
pinned down as one of a group of flies collectively called Bee Flies or 
Hornet Flies.  I wonder if it's possible that your insect was actually from 
this group of Diptera, or whether it was unequivocally Hymenoptera?

Lynn Scott

At 12:53 PM 8/10/2002, mbpi at wrote:
>Greetings all!
>I thought I'd ask on this listserv, since my sighting resembled a
>"bumble-bee moth," but in reality was a Hymenopteran species.
>I was at the post office in Evanston, Illinois this morning around 8:30
>am, and witnessed a huge erruption of what appeared to be at first glance
>bumble-bee moths!  After watching their behavior for several minutes, I
>realized they weren't the least bit interested in the flowers surrounding
>the post office, but were instead extremely pugnacious in their behavior,
>attacking everything from sparrows to bumble-bees.  Though they weren't
>attacking people that came and went from the Post Office, they did hone
>in on me as I stood there watching them, and I finally saw one land and
>it definitely had the stance of a bee or wasp with it's six sturdy legs.
>The antennae were large and bristly, and when I realized they were
>Hymenoptera, I was quite taken aback by their humongous size!!!  Not
>knowing if they were the "stinging" variety, I quickly beat a hasty
>Question:  What WERE they?!  I've never seen such a big-bodied bee/wasp
>like it!  They even dwarfed the bumble-bees...
>M.B. Prondzinski
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