Okay, okay, okay, I PROMISE to take some cat photos today (especially some Emily shots for Deb at Just Cats!) But first I MUST show you my shots of the latest drama in my garden last night.
What's going on here?
Why it's a female ambush bug with a male ambush bug on her back (getting all amorous), and they've just assassinated one of my dear honeybees!
They have the poor bee by her reddish proboscis (tongue). You can read more about the honeybee's proboscis here.
Ambush bugs hide on flowers (they prefer yellow flowers from the aster family) then, as the name suggest, run out and ambush their prey, which is often much larger than them. They then inject a fluid into the victim that dissolves its insides, which are then sucked out and enjoyed by this wily little predator. Afterwards the drained exoskeleton of the tasty little snack is tossed aside like yesterday's news.
Eeeyuw! But oh-so-fascinating. You wouldn't believe the things that go on in an innocent-looking flower garden.
This was yet another pair of ambush bugs I found yesterday. That fly was lucky they were looking the other way!
Faces only a mother could love. But isn't their camouflage colouring extraordinary?
I have lots more bug photos to share but first I'll get you some kitty-cat pics!