Subject: Strange bug
Location: Hong Kong/China
April 13, 2013 7:32 am
We were in china last summer, and we saw this strange bug with purple wings and orange legs, it seemed to be eating a spider. It was as big as a pointer finger, and really scary.
I took the picture.
The predator is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae and the prey appears to be a Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae. The spider is not being eaten by the wasp. Female Spider Wasps hunt and paralyze Spiders to feed to their broods. The paralyzed spider provides fresh, not dry meat for the developing wasp larva.