I was butterfly
hunting with my camera, and just a bit miffed at losing
that flew faster than I could
follow, when I noticed this skipper apparently hanging under a
clearly wasn't nectaring. I went over to see what it was doing.
I couldn't tell at a glance what was happening, so I picked the
to have a closer look.
The ambush bug had the skipper impaled on its proboscis.
Tim Adams, thanks for letting me know that this might be might be an Ocola Skipper Butterfly
I carried the picked Spanish Needles flower
, bugs and all, to my car,
put it on a tissue, and drove home. Then I taped the flower to the wall on the porch where the sunlight
was bright, and watched for a while. The ambush bug
held the full weight
of the butterfly. That's one strong little bug
! The ambush bug just kept on eating while I moved the flower around to take
are really creepy! They remind me of the aliens in some old
They inject the butterfly with a toxin to keep it still
and kill it. The stuff they inject also dissolves the inside of the
butterfly so they can slurp it back out as their dinner.