Blue eyed insects

This WashPost article about blue-eyed cicadas made me curious.

Blue may be a rare eye color for cicadas, but here we see a wonderful insect called Blue-eyed Ensign Wasp, and so of course now I am wondering if there are others, as exceptions or always blue-eyed insects.

I see bees with pale eyes but I think of those like white milk glass, not blue. I also see Soldier Flies with gorgeous, metallic eyes but the ones I have seen have been more jade greenish in color, not blue.

The only insects with blue eyes I have personally seen are the Blue-Eyed Ensign Wasps. Have you seen any?

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Bees with blue eyes https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/162249024
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/207795363

Wasps with blue eyes https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/210485713

Wasps with green eyes https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/131781565

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Blue-eyed Darner, a dragonfly. Other odonate species as well.

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A lot of bluets have blue eyes

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I never think of those bee eyes as blue! Are they considered blue? If so then all of my Nannotrigona perilampoides obs would be blue and lots of others, I guess? But they just look milky to me.

Dark green I see a lot here, especially as a metallic, lighter green on butterflies/caterpillars who use color as a cloak.

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i’m sure there are lots of insects with blue eyes, but first thing that comes to my mind are some long-legged flies, which can appear blue all over depending on angle sometimes. ex: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/461393-Condylostylus-mundus.

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The blue Condylostylus I have seen are all a species zdanko was working on called Condylostylus purpureus (but they just come up as Condylostylus due to conflicting IDs). They have those rainbow metallic fly eyes, which are ridiculously cool, but sort of red-green and not blue like that one. Thank you for showing it to me!

I think part of the problem is that I don’t have a science background so I just draw on my life to try to make sense of things rather than any formal knowledge, and my life has been spent outdoors but largely just… being.

Thus those white eyes remind me of white beach glass, and when I think blue eyes on insects, I am at a minimum thinking of light blue beach glass (like the Ensign wasp) and treasure is the dark blue beach glass (like this fly you just shared, again thank you).

edit to add: my favorite insect eye ever: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/169638503 How cool is that???

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There’s Nymphes myrmeleonoides, a kind of lacewing. Its common name is actually ‘Blue Eyes Lacewing’ and they have striking metallic blue eyes.

A fellow odonate fan referred to this species as the “beautiful blue-eyed blonde.”
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31628181

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For blue and partly blue organisms in general, check out the project Blue! ( https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/blue ). In the first two pages of photos right now, it has 2 bluets (damselflies) and an impressive long-legged fly with blue eyes.

Join the project and add blue or partly blue organisms!

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The South American meadow katydid Conocephalus ochrotelus sometimes has blue eyes:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=893088

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Southern Migrant Hawker has lovely blue eyes.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88320541

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Some of my observations of insects with blue eyes:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/127684187
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/177052354
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=324735&user_id=robotpie&verifiable=any

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More amethyst-colored than true blue, but I was blown away by the eyes on this diving beetle I found: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/218315513

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Shortly after reading this post I encountered this elegant Aurora Damsel with lovely blue eyes. Now I’ll be “keeping my eyes out” for more…

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https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/221817989

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