Bittacus chlorostigma - Green Stigma Hangingfly
Mecoptera: Bittacidae
Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Hangingflies are predators of other insects.  This hangingfly has caught a caterpillar.

USA CA: Nevada Co.  Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley.  14.v.2005  39º12.89'N 121º02.51'W, 760m.
Riparian meadow.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens.