Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Can't seem to sharpen these up any more, but hey, it's a bee eating a praying mantis head. What more could you possibly ask for? I watched him for a long time, scurrying around in the garden, carrying this head with him wherever he went. He'd dive face first into this thing every couple of steps and just chow down. Pretty neat.


Elisabeth said...

Dude. Is it just me, or is that a very large wasp? For a second there, I thought it was a cicada killer, but the markings aren't right. Maybe it's just the perspective of the photo, but it does seem big. What kinds of bees and wasps do you guys have up there? Have you ever seen a cicada killer? They are harmless to people but quite frightening due to their large size and strange behaviour.
I have an old picture that I took of a spider vs. a yellowjacket. It isn't very sharp because it was taken several years ago with my old 4MP Kodak.
Here it is:
You can't tell in the photo, but the yellowjacket was struggling like mad and that little spider was working its spinnerets off to subdue it. It's amazing I worked up the nerve to get close enough to take that picture (and without shaking the camera!) since I have a nearly phobic level of fear for both spiders and bees/wasps/hornets. ^_^;

Kate said...

From what I understand, this is just a generic old yellowjacket (less than an inch long and angry as piss!). I'm hearing more and more about these cicada killers, though, and they sound pretty freaky!

Heading over to check out your photo now!

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Mare said...

That little guy reminds me of Andrew Zimmern...