Jun 12, 2020 6:20 PM CST
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Bookworm Cat Lover Composter Container Gardener Herbs
Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
This handsome devil is called a Yellow-bellied Bee Assassin (Apiomerus flaviventris), and is reputed to catch bees, but I've seen them catch flies and spiders and other insects. So it's sort of like the praying mantis--sometimes a friend, sometimes not, but always a hunter. Cool markings, eh?

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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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