What is this furry insect?

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What is this furry insect?

#1  Postby Ironclad » Apr 02, 2020 4:55 pm

Found it in the garden, it was quite friendly. :)Image
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#2  Postby SkyMutt » Apr 02, 2020 5:04 pm

Looks like a bee fly to me.
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#3  Postby Macdoc » Apr 02, 2020 5:05 pm

Hummingbird hawk moth I think tho i thnk perhaps beefly is correct.

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#4  Postby SkyMutt » Apr 02, 2020 5:10 pm

My initial guess was something in the hummingbird moth family, but then I noticed that the wings were transparent. That didn't work, then I saw the size scale, provided by what looks like the button on a shirt, behind the insect.
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#5  Postby Ironclad » Apr 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Yeah, it is small.
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#6  Postby Ironclad » Apr 02, 2020 5:54 pm

Bombylius major, I see from https://www.uksafari.com/beefly.htm
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#7  Postby The_Piper » Apr 02, 2020 6:29 pm

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Re: What is this furry insect?

#8  Postby chairman bill » Apr 02, 2020 9:00 pm

'TIs a Beefly
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#9  Postby Calilasseia » Apr 02, 2020 9:01 pm

Yes, it's Bombylius major, the Dark Winged Bee-Fly, a Dipteran insect belonging to the Family Bombyliidae. Common in southern England at this time of year, becoming scarcer as one traverses more northerly latitudes.

The various insect recording groups on Facebook have been subject to a mini-avalanche of photos of this species over the past week or so.
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#10  Postby felltoearth » May 22, 2020 1:21 pm

I thought Cali might enjoy this one reposted by a Facebook friend. Shot in Virginia. Looks like candy.

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#11  Postby Fallible » May 22, 2020 1:46 pm

Awww!
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
Oh, my my! Oh my, she flies!
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#12  Postby The_Piper » May 22, 2020 3:48 pm

Someone should make candies that resemble it. Million dollar idea? Get me a box of moths and a box of m&ms. :dopey:
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#13  Postby BlackBart » May 22, 2020 4:24 pm

It's the dreaded rhubarb and custard moth! :ahrr:
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#14  Postby NineBerry » May 22, 2020 6:15 pm

It's a bit early. Pride Month only starts 8 days from today.
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#15  Postby Fallible » May 22, 2020 8:38 pm

:lol:
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#16  Postby Ironclad » May 22, 2020 10:20 pm

Pride Moth?
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#17  Postby chairman bill » May 24, 2020 7:30 am

felltoearth wrote:I thought Cali might enjoy this one reposted by a Facebook friend. Shot in Virginia. Looks like candy.

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It's a Rosy Maple moth - Dryocampa rubicunda
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#18  Postby NineBerry » May 26, 2020 12:42 pm

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Re: What is this furry insect?

#19  Postby Svartalf » May 26, 2020 12:48 pm

is that a satanist or astatrù bug
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Re: What is this furry insect?

#20  Postby Calilasseia » May 28, 2020 3:57 am

chairman bill wrote:
felltoearth wrote:I thought Cali might enjoy this one reposted by a Facebook friend. Shot in Virginia. Looks like candy.

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It's a Rosy Maple moth - Dryocampa rubicunda


And Chairman Bill beat me to it on this one. Amazingly, it's also a silkmoth, Family Saturniidae, but a very small one. Most people think of silkmoths as large moths with wingspans of 5 inches or more (some species are 10 or 11 inches across), but this one is a tiny Saturniid, that catches a LOT of people out, looking for something in the Erebidae or Noctuidae because of its small size.

As for Nineberry's specimen, that's Haploa clymene.
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