Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Assassin Bugs and Bowls of Cherries

Zelus exsanguinus in a bowl of cherries

We're deep in the process of picking and pitting cherries, but this assassin bug (Zelus exsanguinus) distracted me for a few minutes. I don't see too many assassin bugs here on Droop Mountain, and they are my favorites. This subfamily (Harpactorinae) spends its time up on flowering plants and trees waiting for prey.

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