By now you know that my son is my biggest source of finding new and unusual creatures to photograph.
He came up with this weird black bug for me.
I was hoping I could photograph him through the Pom glass he was safely placed in, but as you can see the water spots got in the way. After a short time I gathered my courage and stifled my fear and allowed my son to release the ugly critter so I could try to get more proper shots.
Just look at him! Isn’t he terrifying?! His butt is so long and he can curl it or stretch it out, strange! I don’t think he has a stinger, but he has wings so I was extremely nervous the entire shoot.
He kind of looks like an alien, he’s such a freak! I’m so glad Haden kept a watchful eye on him and kept me safe!
What the heck is he?! And what will I do when my son no longer finds these weird mysteries for me to examine?
UPDATE: Through Pamela's comment I found out what kind of critter this is. It is a female Pelecinid Polyturator or Pelecinid Wasp, they lay eggs directly on scarab larvae buried in the soil. Ew.