Insect and Bug ID forum: Who is this murder suspect?

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
Jul 14, 2016 2:35 PM CST
Yesterday, Dad and I were working in the yard and I saw an anole in my Red Cedar. I was taking pictures when Dad said, "Look at what's to the right of the anole." Sure enough, there was a humongous bug with what appeared to be pieces of another bug as its prey. I only got two photos before it got scared and flew away. Like it was afraid of us! I was afraid of it! I'll post the two original photos and then a zoomed in and cropped version so you can see it up close. Let me know what either the predator or its prey are.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies
Jul 14, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Robberfly... I know I've said this before but I've seen that fly. Hilarious! Their prey is anything that flies close enough for them to capture or any insect they can ambush, especially in flight. Blinking
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
Jul 20, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Looks like it has a wasp. Perhaps a cicada killer.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~

Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Daylilies
Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America Seller of Garden Stuff
Jul 20, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Christine is right and with you raising butterflies they may become your worst enemy.
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