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Steele-blue cricket hunter
Photo Credit: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

Steele-blue cricket hunter
Sphex pennsylvanicus
Size: 1 to 1 ¼ in long

Where/When: Found on a variety of perennials. Adults are active July to September.

Significance: Visits flowers to feed on nectar and does not harm plants. It is alarming because of its size, but is not a pest to people.
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