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Old 09-06-2021, 03:02 AM posted to rec.gardens
bob prohaska bob prohaska is offline
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Default Odd-looking bug, anybody recognize it?

Does anybody recognize the insect in these photos?
Same bug, slightly different pose. The "flag" on
the hind legs seemed distinctive.

Three of them turned up on a patch of alfalfa plants I'm
trying as a groundcover. Their movements were what caught
my attention; very deliberate and stately, almost like those
of a mantis.

I tried looking through various alfalfa pest galleries, but
nothing came close and I'm not at all sure these are pests.
I didn't see them feeding and their behavior seemed more like
an ambush predator than a prey species.

First noticed them a couple days ago, when one stuck around it
seemed worth a picture or two.

Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska