Posts Tagged ‘ambush bug’

Predator – Butterfly

Several pearl crescent butterflies visit the sedum plants in the moon garden.

They concentrate more on eating than watching out for predators.

It’s hard to see from the angle of the camera that there’s a predator behind the wings on the right. This time it’s an ambush bug.

  The ambush bugs are only up to 1/2 inch long, and can change color to match the color of the flower they’re on.

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Hidden Predator

The moth caught my attention as Buffy and I walked a loop around the backyard.

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I started taking pictures before I realized the moth wasn’t alive. Then I saw the reason why … an ambush bug, the cream-colored shape hiding in the flower heads in the lower right.

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This angle better shows the ambush bug.

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This picture is from an earlier blog and better shows a young ambush bug. (It soon turned the color of the flower it was on.)

An Ambush Bug

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I found a tiny ambush bug on a black-eyed susan flowerhead on July 23.

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It only measured a half-inch long.

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The shape of its head, the weird shape of its body,

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the buggy eyes and shape of its front legs

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mades it interesting from any angle.

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Its front legs act as pincers to hold prey. It then inserts its short beak and sucks out body fluids.

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They even prey on insects as big as bumblebees, butterflies and wasps.

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The last picture was taken yesterday on July 28th. I couldn’t find it this morning on the 29th.

Assassin Bug

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Two clumps shasta daisies (Leucanthemem superbum) grow in my butterfly garden.  They don’t attract as many insects as they look like they should.

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I found a young assassin bug when making my evening rounds of our backyard.

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It had captured an ant and didn’t like my attention.

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The assassin bug was still there the next evening,

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and this time it had a tiny bee.

Yard Walk-about

Insect numbers have increased lately.

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I’m not sure what a short-horned grasshopper found interesting on the sedum.

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If you look close on the right of the two front petals, you’ll find a small plant hopper.

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Apparently something tried to capture this pearl crescent butterfly.

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A slug slowly made its way around to the back side of the leaf.

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 The  dragonfly sure didn’t pick an attractive perch.

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The crab spider looked like part of the leaf from a distance.

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I couldn’t see through the silk to see if there was either an egg mass or larvae on the white dogwood leaf.

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The spider that spun the nest is to the left partly under the long strands of silk.

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A hanging insect  — in this case a skipper — can mean either a crap spider or ambush bug. From what little that shows, it has to be an ambush bug.

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A moth waiting patiently for the night.