Subject: Giant Ichneumon?
Location: Columbia, Maryland
August 2, 2012 3:48 pm
This bug rose helicopter-like up from the darkness of my garden weeds, leveled off, and flew away with it’s victim. An assassin bug? Looks like some pictures you have of an Ichneumon.
This is sure an impressive action photo. The predator is a Robber Fly in the genus Diogmites, a group commonly called Hanging Thieves. The prey is some species of wasp. Hanging Thieves get their common name from their habit of feeding on prey while hanging from a single leg.
Thank you so much for such an instant response!
I like to take pictures of butterflies and occasionally “bugs.” I just wish i had had the presence of mind to switch to video or off my macro setting to auto focus sports on my camera. But at least I got one shot in focus.