Ever on the lookout for colourful insects I happened to spot this bug on a recent walk. As soon as it spotted me in return it hid under a leaf. And let’s just pretend that is the reason the focus is so bad. ;) It was big — about an inch long — and really timid.
At first I thought it was an enormous ant. But, I had recently poured over all kinds of ant photos hoping to identify who exactly decided to take up residence on the backyard path this summer. Not one of them looked anything like this. I had either stumbled upon a brand new species (hahaha) or I was completely mistaken. Thanks to bugguide I now know it is a fake ant! A forgery. No mandibles and a sucking mouthpart tell the real story: it is a true bug.
I was really excited to learn about the ant mimic and then the very next day I saw a completely different mimic. What is this, Nethack?
It looked like an enormous bee from a distance. And the chase was on because I happen to know identifying bumblebees is possible. But, when I saw it land I realized it was a moth! I had heard about these bee mimics before but I had never seen one in living colour. Let’s just pretend I was too excited once again to correctly focus. Actually, I was and then it flew away.