Masked Hunter with Prey?
Dear Bugman,
I sure am having fun identifying bugs using your site. Thanks for all your hard work!! I took these photos in early September here in Barrie, Ontario , and am having some problems identifying the insect. My best guess is a Masked Hunter, but the head seems too large compared to what I found on your site. This particular critter seemed to be carrying around an earwig… I couldn’t tell for sure though. Any thoughts as to what this is?

Hi Yvonne,
Your photo shows a wasp. Eric Eaton helped us with the I.D. According to him: “Ok, found out the cricket hunter in the image is a Liris sp., family Sphecidae, subfamily Larrinae” She will dig a burrow, drag the prey inside and lay an egg on the still living but paralyzed cricket.

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