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

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Bugs have highly specialized mouthparts used like a straw for sucking juices.  This Zelus assassin bug probes for weak spots in the armor of an ant prior to feeding.

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.