The Return of the Monday Night Mystery

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What’s this?

Are we hallucinating, or is this really part of an insect?

Ten Myrmecos points will be awarded to the first person to guess the subject (Genus & species) of this entomological photograph. The cumulative points winner for the month of October will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

24 thoughts on “The Return of the Monday Night Mystery”

  1. Looks like the wing of a large bee – and with that metallic sheen I’d guess it’s a Xylocopidae. Xylocopa would be the genus and it’s probably X. californica from your recent trip to Arizona!

  2. Ok, I’m leaning toward a carpenter bee of some sort, particularly if that is pollen on the hairs of the hint photo. I haven’t found anything that transitions from blue to orange like this wing, but maybe that’s a trick of the light, either reflected or showing through the end of the wing. Xylocopa violacea looks the most similar of the ones I was able to quickly scan through online.

    1. Hmmm… you might be right, and especially after seeing the ‘hint’ I am leaning your way. Perhaps X. valga? The European carpenter bee’s wings also have similar colouration.

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