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White Crab Spider
Hope you like this Crab spider, this was the closest i could get without spooking him/her. Location – Midlands: UK

Hi Kevin,
Stateside, Crab Spiders are sometimes called Flower Spiders since they wait in flowers for pollinating insects to arrive just in time for lunch.

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Pale green spider with red stripes
Hello! While in San Antonio, Texas this month I noticed this spider on my parent’s backyard deck. Can you identify it?
Sheila Ryan

Hi Sheila,
This is a Crab Spider. They do not build webs. They are often found on flowers and are also called Flower Spiders. Crab Spiders are in the family Thomisidae. This specimen has captured a Fiery Skipper.

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Food Chain Pic
Hi Bugman,
This is a Yellow Lynx spider, Oxyopes variabilis, dining on a mosquito. These guys stalk their food and then pounce like a cat, hence their name. Thought it might make an interesting addition to the food chain pages. Taken April 14, in Queensland Australia.Thanks,
Trevor Jinks

Hi again Trevor,
We have a similar Green Lynx Spider. Thanks for your great Food Chain addition.

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Promachus rufipes with a Mantidfly Lunch
Hi Bugman,
Thanks for posting my pic of the Swallowtail caterpillar. Hope you like this one of Promachus rufipes with a Mantidfly Lunch Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. April 2007
Trevor Jinks

Hi Again Trevor,
Your photos are very nice, and additionally, they are small files. We are still having problems getting large images. This image of a large Robber Fly will also be a nice addition in our Food Chain section.

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Stink Bug
I was surprised when I saw on your site that stink bugs primarily eat plants as this one seems to be enjoying a supplemental diet item. I found this pair in August in Central New York State.
Photo Lady

Hi again Photo Lady,
What an awesome photo of a Predatory Stink Bug enjoying a Daddy Long Legs meal. It took us a bit of research, but we believe this Stink Bug is in the genus Podisus based on images found on BugGuide.

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What’s this bug???
We have been watching quite a few of these in our back yard but they never stop long enough to photograph until today when I watched one bury a big grub. They don’t appear to be aggressive but looks like some kind of wasp? (And no it is not dead in the second picture, it was actually burrowing a hole!) Would love some info. Thanks

Hi Maria,
Wow, what wonderful images of a Scoliid Wasp burying a Scarab Beetle Grub. We are not sure of the species and plan to immediately research this. We only wish you had provided us with a location. It looks like it might be the genus Scolia, but BugGuide does not show any solid black bodies. Scoliid Wasps are large, hairy, robust wasps that prey on Scarab Beetle Grubs. The female digs a burrow and buries the Grub, laying an egg. the wasp larva is an external parasite on the beetle grub. Adult Scoliid Wasps take nectar. Though he could not substantiate the species identification, Eric Eaton did provide the following natural history clarification: ” Daniel: I can’t tell you anything about the identification, but the life history needs clarification. Scoliid wasp females simply dig up a scarab grub, sting it into submission, lay a single egg on it, and maybe cover it up before fleeing the scene. The scarab grub can at least partially revive and go about its business, but is doomed….The adult female wasp does not prepare a burrow or anything, like most sphecid wasps, spider wasps, etc. Eric “

We live in Engadine, a southern suburb of Sydney, Australia

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