I was watching this green stinkbug when I noticed something else of
interest going on behind it on the
. Sometimes there's nothing to take a picture of; at other
times, there is so much going on that it's difficult to decide which way
to aim the camera. This time the feasting ambush bug
my attention. The ambushed bee
is the dark fuzzy spot in the top right
behind the green stinkbug that's peeking through the Firebush flowers;
let's get a better look.
I've seen Ambush Bugs
, but this is the first one I've
seen eat a bee. It's also the first time I've seen this many
join the feast. Wow this is gross!
Fortunately, the bee seemed to be dead. Its tongue appeared fully
extended toward the belly of the ambush bug
. The little
slurping as much bee blood as they could get to past those fuzzy
protective hairs. Many of their tiny bellies were swollen and full like
after feasting on a human.
The biting flies actually stood on each other trying to gain access to
optimum spots to bite the bee. EEEWWWW!
While I watched, the misty drizzle became a solid rain and I had to
scoot on inside.
When I came back after the sky cleared, the bee looked
shriveled like it had been sucked dry. Perhaps the common name for these
tiny bugs should be vampire flies.