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ambush bug eating a honey bee

subfamily Phymatidae

Description:

A few hours and a few miles from all the yellow ambush bugs (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/735...), 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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4 Comments

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textless 9 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
misako 9 years ago

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

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Very nice, I like the flowers too!

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 9 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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