Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

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giuliagatti97
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Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68449Post giuliagatti97
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:09 pm

I live in the north of Italy, near Milan.
I was walking around my own garden on the 21st of March and I’ve found this particular kind of insect that resembled a lot an ant but it was way bigger than any ant I’ve ever seen!
It was around 30mm long and had a bit of a shine like a scrabble. She seemed to have a pair of wings on the lower part of her body, but she never "spread" them. So they looked like almost a princess gown (lol).
She also kept trying (with a lot of difficulty and unsuccessfully) to climb the wall. It looked like her body weighted too much for her own legs.

I managed to take some pics with my phone, but I can't attach them...feel free to explain to me how to do it too! (Yes, I compressed them to 126KB and tried to add it as an attachment)

I’d be curious to find out what kind of insect it is, if you know it.

I thank you in advance for your kind answer and for possibly satisfying my curiosity!

Lebenet
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Re: Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68451Post Lebenet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:22 pm

In Italia, you can't see a queen ant of 30 mm.

Maybe some specie of bee or wasp ?

giuliagatti97
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Re: Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68453Post giuliagatti97
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:08 pm

Lebenet wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:22 pm
In Italia, you can't see a queen ant of 30 mm.

Maybe some specie of bee or wasp ?

I'm sure it wasn't a bee nor a wasp.
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giuliagatti97
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Re: Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68454Post giuliagatti97
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:14 pm

giuliagatti97 wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:09 pm
I live in the north of Italy, near Milan.
I was walking around my own garden on the 21st of March and I’ve found this particular kind of insect that resembled a lot an ant but it was way bigger than any ant I’ve ever seen!
It was around 30mm long and had a bit of a shine like a scrabble. She seemed to have a pair of wings on the lower part of her body, but she never "spread" them. So they looked like almost a princess gown (lol).
She also kept trying (with a lot of difficulty and unsuccessfully) to climb the wall. It looked like her body weighted too much for her own legs.

I managed to take some pics with my phone, but I can't attach them...feel free to explain to me how to do it too! (Yes, I compressed them to 126KB and tried to add it as an attachment)

I’d be curious to find out what kind of insect it is, if you know it.

I thank you in advance for your kind answer and for possibly satisfying my curiosity!
*SCARAB/BEETLE

Lebenet
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Re: Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68456Post Lebenet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:27 pm

Yes, a female Meloe sp.

giuliagatti97
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Re: Inquiry about an unknown "ant" in Italy - 03.21.2020

Post: # 68457Post giuliagatti97
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:13 pm

Lebenet wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:27 pm
Yes, a female Meloe sp.
Thank you very much!!

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