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Small predatory insect with a unique shape. Females are larger and somewhat paler than males. Males often are found riding around on the backs of females. These mighty little hunters wait on flowers for other arthropods to come near. They have grasping claws on their front legs that they use to initially grab prey. Their saliva contains a substance that very quickly paralyzes their prey, enabling them to take down larger prey.
Meadow. Found on flower heads of Wild Carrot and Giant Goldenrod.
Spotted on Aug 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014