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Wheel bug eating a Japanese Beetle
Thought you might like to see the wheel bug in action. I live in northern Virginia and saw two wheel bugs fighting over this beetle. When I came back with my camera the winner was enjoying his meal. Now if I could just get him to eat the other 10,000 beetles in my flower garden….. Thanks for having such a wonderful site!

Hi Helen,
We have gotten numerous reports of Wheel Bugs feeding on Japanese Beetles this year, but your photo is the only visual documentation we have received. Thanks so much for sending in your dramatic images.

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unknown bug killing wasp
Here is a link to a picture of an unknown bug which is apparently killing the red wasp and maybe impaling it thru the head and sucking the stuff out of the wasp, the wasp was still moving but the critter with him, fly around a little ways, and would land again, as the wasp was heavy from his point of view.

Hi Jerry,
The predator in your photo is a Robber Fly known as a Hanging Thief, and it is eating a Polistes Paper Wasp. Hanging Thieves in the genus Diogmites, get their common name from the way they hang while eating. Notice in your image the Hanging Thief is supporting its entire weight plus the weight of the wasp from just one leg.

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bumblebee killing honeybee? queen mating with drone?
I can see that this is obviously a bumblebee (don’t know which species); but I’m surprised to see it firmly attached to what appears to be a honeybee (or a drone?). I’ve sent two different views. Do you have any idea what’s going on here? Thanks for any time you can spare to help me out.
Chuluota, FL (Central Fl)

Hi Diane,
This is not a Bumblebee. It is a Robber Fly known as a Southern Bee Killer, Mallophora orcina. According to BugGuide it is a: “Large, fuzzy, bee-mimicking robber flies. Resemble Laphria , another genus of robbers that mimic bumblebees, but is even hairier and has antennae with a very thin terminal final segment, whereas Laphria has thick antennae. “

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assassin but
I live in Cleveland Georgia. My apple tree is being eaten by Japanese Beetles. I read quite a bit about them on the web and mostly learned there are no nature enemies of them. BUT a couple of days ago when I was picking them off my tree, I ran across this threesome. Only 2 of the bugs are clear – the dead/dying J/B and the bug on the bug eating the J/B. I’ve been told it is an assassin bug and after searching the web, I’m figuring it is the blood sucking conenose. Is it? Since this pic, I have found another one in a flowering bush that also is infested with J/B’s. They have not acted aggressive, even when I have almost touched them. Because they like the beetles, I don’t want to run them off!!! Thanks,

Hi Beth,
We are guessing that you meant Assassin Bug and not “Assassin But” in your subject line. This is not a Blood Sucking Conenose. It is a Bee Assassin, Apiomerus crassipes and BugGuide has a detailed photo for comparison. We doubt that there are enough predators out there to significantly curb the Japanese Beetle emergence each year, but it is nice to see the Assassin Bugs are trying.

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little spider hunting wasp in action
hi there.
after perusing some of the great photos on here i thought i’d dig out one of my fav photos; some ‘action’ shots of a 10mm long spider- hunting wasp dragging its paralysed victim back to its lair she seemed very determined and sure of her destination through what would be a mountain range of stones and leaves. i snapped this in the UK last summer. not after an ID (well ok if you want a challenge) just thought i’d share. cheers,
andy (kenilworth, england).
fantastic website!!!!

Hi Andy,
We might eventually identify your Spider Wasp, but for now, we will post it with just the general category.

I thought I might try to look this one up, but I was amazed to find out that even in just the UK alone there are 48 species in the family Pompilidae, spider-hunting wasps!

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spider eating a dragon fly.
I have no idea what this is….I think it could be a fishing spider, There was no web present in the area (a shed in Milo Maine). It caught the dragon fly without leaving the spot I took the picture.
Robert A. Prescott

Hi Robert,
Your photo does not provide an angle for easy identification, but it sure is a dramatic image. We believe, based on size and description, that this is a Fishing Spider that has made fast food of a Dragonfly.

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