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The Bee Killer

9 Aug

Like a super-powered sniper, Mallophora fautrix fixates on my Russian sage in full bloom. She waits patiently, not for the nectar, but for my honeybees that farm like a thousand seasonal workers, bobbing up and down in the purple blooms oblivious to the fact that they’re being watched. Grateful for the monsoon season’s bounty.

Unexpectedly, the bee killer swoops in like a hawk and snatches a bee mid-air!

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Whether the bee is dispatched mercifully, I don’t know, but Mallophora fautrix soon settles in the crook of a nearby vine to suck the honeybee’s fluids like a warm mango lassi on a blazing summer day. She luxuriates, wickedly sipping for nearly an hour on her prey. And then drops the carcass to the ground before resuming her ominous vigil.

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4 Responses to “The Bee Killer”

  1. Margaret August 9, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Yikes! I’ve never seen a bug like that eating our bees!

  2. karcuri13 August 9, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    Great photo. That is one scary bug.

  3. mistress beek August 9, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Hard to believe, right? It’s a dangerous world out there 😉

  4. Lily Ribeiro August 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    I wouldn’t put up with that if I were you. I think it’s time to call in the bug cavalry – or maybe bribe some birds to teach those bugs a lesson they won’t forget.

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