Friday, August 06, 2010
An assassin bug, zelus renardii, waits for prey on a sunlit artichoke stem on a recent day.
Have not seen a lot of these yet this year, and looking back in the blog I found I haven't posted on this species since January of last year. They are general predators and are often found hanging out on flowers where pollen and nectar feeders are likely to stumble upon. The assassin waits without moving and stabs its prey with its long piercing mouthparts. The immature assassin bugs feed in the same way and in the same places.
Update: Here's a photo of a young one hanging out on a phlomis leaf waiting for prey.