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Happenings in the insect world
by S. Snow
on September 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM
Thank you for posting that beautiful image in the bluebeard.  
The pollinator populations as well as that of their predators are all remarkably high this year in my Davis yard. Partly because of last season's heavy rains and the resulting reinvigorated food supplies and partly because of the maturation of a pollinator garden.  
I discovered a gravid female mantid noshing on a honey bee last week, then a few minutes later found her beginning to feed on what looked like a black and white Phidippus spp. “jumping spider,” with the bee's abdomen still in her clutches. Maybe she was saving it as dessert! I'm glad to share the photo.
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