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16 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Off the subject, do you know the name of that flower?  It looks like one I'm trying to identify.  (And do we need a flower thread?)

I do not know the name, unfortunately. If you want a flower thread, we could do that....

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54 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I do not know the name, unfortunately. If you want a flower thread, we could do that....

Thanks anyway.

If there is interest in a flower thread, maybe it should be a plant thread in general, including fruits, cool trees, etc.

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4 hours ago, IKLland said:

I do not know the name, unfortunately. If you want a flower thread, we could do that....

It might be helpful to know if the plant was growing along the roadside, in a flower garden or just in someone's yard. Thanks! 🙂

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6 minutes ago, Clip said:

You're welcome! Butterflies I can help with unless you are talking skippers they can be tough.

I was fairly certain Western Tiger Swallowtail was correct but I've misidentified a few before so I sorta quit doing it just to save myself embarrassment, lol! But, I certainly appreciate your help. Yes, those little skippers are a bugger to ID. 

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3 minutes ago, lonesome55dove said:

I was fairly certain Western Tiger Swallowtail was correct but I've misidentified a few before so I sorta quit doing it just to save myself embarrassment, lol! But, I certainly appreciate your help. Yes, those little skippers are a bugger to ID. 

They can be. Some are not too bad but others oh my. I have a file folder full of Butterflies I have them all ided and labeled except a few Skippers.

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2 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

Fly or maybe a Bee, not sure which / ?

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If I'm not mistaken, both guesses are right--it's a bee fly 🙂 family Bombyliidae.  I think you can see that it has only one pair of wings, and its antennae are much shorter than a bee's, so it's a fly.  Don't panic, but it might be a species of the genus Anthrax.  https://bugguide.net/node/view/95586

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2 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

Dragonfly / ?

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Looks like a meadowhawk, Sympterum sp.  I'm thinking maybe White-faced Meadowhawk.

Your next picture does indeed have honeybees, and I think the next one does have bugs (Heteroptera).

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2 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

If I'm not mistaken, both guesses are right--it's a bee fly 🙂 family Bombyliidae.  I think you can see that it has only one pair of wings, and its antennae are much shorter than a bee's, so it's a fly.  Don't panic, but it might be a species of the genus Anthrax.  https://bugguide.net/node/view/95586

Thanks again! The photo was taken in JUL 2009 so it is a little late for panicing, lol! 🙂

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2 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Looks like a meadowhawk, Sympterum sp.  I'm thinking maybe White-faced Meadowhawk.

Your next picture does indeed have honeybees, and I think the next one does have bugs (Heteroptera).

Ok, thanks!  I thought maybe it was a Variegated Meadowhawk. 🙂

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