Square-headed Wasp
 Crabro latipes


crabro wasp
When I took the picture of this male wasp at Brighton, Utah, I did not know that he had these beautiful extensions on
his front legs.  When I downloaded the photo from my camera, I was astounded to see this weird little insect with
tiny wing-like extensions near his shoulders--wasp "epaulets".  According to the experts on Bugguide.net, these flaps

 
filter light during mating enabling the female to recognize she is connecting with a male of her same species. Is that
the coolest thing!?  I'm still in awe.  © Carol Davis, 7-13-2010


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