Zelus sp. Assassin Bug, with Odontomachus prey
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Assassin bugs are sit-and-wait predators.  This Zelus bug arrived at a blacklight insect trap and captured arriving insects (in this case a male trap-jaw ant).

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
32º14'N 110º58'W 730m. 16.vii.2007.
At blacklight, 2200hr.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.