So, yesterday I was doing my rounds knocking the bugs into my jug of soapy water and at the very end of the last row I spied a most amazing thing. A beetle with a blue metallic head and a sort of decorated rectangle on its top wings. Impaled on it's curving proboscis a 2nd instar CPB, quite dead and apparently having it's innards sucked out. I gently placed the leaf back on the plant and wished my new found friend well. Does anyone have an idea what this creature is? What do it's eggs look like?
i know it's from old post, but if it had a proboscis to impale prey on, it wasn't a beetle of any kind, they've got grasping/chewing mandibles. hunting insect with a proboscis, regardless of color, sounds like a true bug (hemiptera), probably in the reduviidae family.
kevin8715: Don't want to start a thread for this. I just want 10 or so seeds of musk strawberries. I only have one plant which I find extremely vigorous at setting runners but no fruit.
Jul 4, 2014 9:03:27 GMT -5