a friend found this little fella just outside of Berlin and managed to snap a blurry picture. enter image description here

This boy or girl is probably the size of a finger nail and features fly like skin wings with no hard cover. There are thin curved antennas at the head.

On the internet I found the same color scheme in "Festive Tiger Beetle (Cicindela scutellaris)", but the shape doesn't seem to match.

Can you identify this creature? (surely not spider, right?)


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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site. Could you please provide some sense of scale - approximately how big do you think the insect is? With the poor photo, it is hard to tell if it is winged, or any features besides the distinctive colouration. Any further details you could provide would be useful in ID. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    May 31, 2022 at 22:16
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    $\begingroup$ Festive tiger beetle seems to be only north America, though I am no expert. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    May 31, 2022 at 22:25
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    $\begingroup$ It could be a ruby-tailed wasp. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jul 2, 2022 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ That sounds indeed quite possible $\endgroup$
    – npst
    Jul 18, 2022 at 9:23

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Perhaps it's some form of jewel beetle. Their wings are traditionally used in jewel and clothesmaking and some of them are detrimental invasive species.

It will be nearly impossible to say which species based on that photo, which is too blurry.




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