Insect and Bug ID forum: ID on bee predator?

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 27, 2015 9:26 PM CST
Wonder if anyone can identify the insect that is grasping a bee in this pic?
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 27, 2015 9:52 PM CST
Look up Bee Assassin. See if thats your bug.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Apr 27, 2015 10:32 PM CST
Wow! That's a great milkweed Thumbs up
and yes, that sure looks like a bee assassin

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 27, 2015 10:57 PM CST
Yes, that really does look like the bee assassin! Thanks! And the milkweed is Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula. They got a late start this year, but they're doing quite well now, with the rain we've had!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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LindaTX8
Apr 27, 2015 10:57 PM CST
Yes, that really does look like the bee assassin! Thanks! And the milkweed is Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula. They got a late start this year, but they're doing quite well now, with the rain we've had!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 28, 2015 6:08 AM CST
I think I need that milkweed. Lovey dubby
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Apr 28, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Hey Celia--I know where a big patch of it grows just up the hill from me... I can show you...we can collect seeds later, after it makes some...
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Apr 28, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Woohoo! Thanks, Dirt!

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