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ambush bug eating a honey bee

subfamily Phymatidae


A few hours and a few miles from all the yellow ambush bugs (, I found this white ambush bug eating a large bee (Apis mellifera) in a cluster of rabbitbrush flowers. Thanks to KristalWatrous for the bee ID!

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textless 12 years ago

Thanks for the comments! Ambush bugs do hunt bees, and they can capture prey much larger than they are. It's pretty amazing to watch.

misako 12 years ago

Wow--did it kill the bee? I am not familiar with ambush bugs.

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Very nice, I like the flowers too!

KristalWatrous 12 years ago

The bee is a honey bee (Apis mellifera). Nice shots!

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New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Sep 18, 2011
Submitted on Oct 1, 2011

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