Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Young Wheel Bug with a Meal
I captured these images just before we left for Maine, and tonight is the perfect time to share these with you. Wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus) are amazing, and I've photographed them several times before. For more about them, including information about their painful bite, check out my post from last November. Maybe this little bug is descended from the one that just showed up on our doorstep (in a peanut butter jar!) last year.
Anyways, you can imagine if their bite is extremely painful to humans, it would probably completely paralyze a small insect, like this pollen covered bee. I'm sure the bee was merrily going about its gathering when this wheel bug snatched it and pierced it with that long proboscis as it hid behind the face of a sunflower.