Ambushed Skipper  
Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
I was butterfly hunting with my camera, and just a bit miffed at losing a Duskywing that flew faster than I could follow, when I noticed this skipper apparently hanging under a Spanish Needles flower. It 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 flower to have a closer look.

The ambush bug had the skipper impaled on its proboscis.

Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bug eating an Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
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 these pictures.
Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bug eating an Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bug Proboscis in the head of an Ocola Skipper Butterfly
Ambush Bugs are really creepy! They remind me of the aliens in some old horror movie.

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.

Ambush Bug eats Ocola Skipper Butterfly
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