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eating
I think this is an Eastern Pondhawk female devouring a Ruby Meadowhawk- at least all the other Meadowhawks around were Ruby Meadowhawks. I never seem the see males with prey- are they less voracious or just less conspicuous? thanks- i just discovered your wonderful site.
Pam Burtt

Wow Pam,
What a great photo. We have always been under the impression that females of the species were better hunters.

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What is it..
You wouldn’t happen to know what this is. I live in Crosby Texas and found this bug on my patio.

Awesome photo of a Robber Fly dispatching one of the Thread Waste Wasps.

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My Bug
Hello – I do know my bug is a caterpillar of some sort but what I want to know is what is happening to this creature. I live in south east Arizona and the caterpillar is common here but I have never seen one with the white “larvae” attached to it. It is alive and was perched on a mesquite tree branch when we found it. Do you have any ideas? Thanks you…
Jeannie

Hi Jeannie
Your Juno Buckmoth Caterpillar, Hemileuca juno, which we matched on BugGuide, has been parasitized by a tiny Braconid Wasp that laid her eggs in the caterpillar. The young wasps fed on the caterpillar and then pupated outside. Sadly, the caterpillar will die.

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Crab/flower spider
I was so excited today, when I went out to admire my roses, and found a cool white spider with pink lightning bolts down it’s side! I’d seen spiders of a similar shape, but not with this neat-o, new-wave color palate, and never in the middle of their lunch. I grabbed my camera snapped a couple pics, and immediately came back inside to google white and pink spider. Your site came up, and I started looking through it. That was 3 hours ago. What a great site you have!! Well – now I know what my spider is, as well as so many other critters I’ve seen about my house, here in Seattle, WA. I noticed you don’t have too many entries from this part of the country, though, and I’ve seen some interesting creatures that I couldn’t find on your site. Now that I know you’re here, I’ll keep my camera handier, so that when I do see new fascinating friends, I can get your help in naming them for me. Thanks for your wonderful site!!
Michelle

Hi Michelle,
I’m so happy our site was both helpful and entertaining.

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No questions, just thought you might enjoy this picture
Elizabeth Norman

Thanks for the image of the feeding Argiope Elizabeth.

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Cicada Killer
My wife and I enjoy your site. We live in Baton Rouge, LA and our garden has a diverse range of hymenopterans. This past summer we had a large emergence of cicadas and my wife took this photo of a cicada killer on our patio door. The size of these wasps is truly impressive. We also have velvet ants that hang out near one of our pecan trees (photo attached).
Regards – Mark & Malinda

Hi Mark and Malinda,
We are always happy to get good quality images of interesting subjects to add to our website. Yours is the only photo we have ever received of the Cicada Killer with its prey. Thank you so much.
Daniel

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