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Some of the Insect Predators we managed to get a photo of in California.

This is not a complete photo gallery, but at least it's a start. If you have any other photos you want to contribute email them to us.(Limit to 20 meg at a time please, or send us a DVD) These were all identified by http://bugguide.net .
Looks like a fly, acts like a wasp. It's a Square-headed Waspi - grid24_6
Square headed wasp, Larrini
Square-headed Wasps are little fly catchers that live in sand. The females string their prey and carry the fly to the nest to feed their young. - grid24_6
A Different Squared headed Wasp, Oxybelus. Both of these Squared Headed Wasps live primarily on Crickets and Grasshoppers.
Thick headed fly, Physocephala texana, mostly prey on bumble bees, alkali bees, and sand wasps, whom it "attacks mid-air, ramming an egg between the victim's abdominal    segments before releasing it" Eaton and Kaufman, Field Guide to insects of North America. - grid24_6
Physocephala, Thick headed bee. is a predator of bees and wasps.
the male form - grid24_6
Gasteruption wasps prey on Mason Bees and other small bees.
 Pacific burrowing wasp (Philanthus multimaculatus) is a  bee-hunting wasp (or "beewolf") - grid24_6
Pacific burrowing wasp, Philanthus multimaculatus is a bee-hunting wasp (or "beewolf")
a form of Tachinidae, maybe Gonia fly working the flowers of Arctostaphylos standfordiana  - grid24_6
A form of Tachinidae, Gonia fly working the flowers of Arctostaphylos standfordiana. This fly preys on caterpillers.
Nomada – cuckoo bee on Ribes indecorum. They were also on the Arctostaphylos Austin griffin and Ian Bush. - grid24_6
Nomada, Cuckoo bees are Clepto-parasites. They lay their eggs in other native bee nests. Then eat the food and young of other bees.This one was working the flowers of Ribes indecorum.
This fly was working the flowers of an Elephant Heart Plum  - grid24_6
Peleteria, Tachina Fly. Probably a predator of moths. This one is pollinating a Plum.
Parasitic chiefly on Andrena.and the little sucker was stealing nectar from the manzanita flower. A real rotter. - grid24_6
Nomada-crotchii is parasitic chiefly on Andrena.and the little sucker was stealing nectar from the manzanita flower. A real rotter.
A Dancing fly. They are predators of small flying insects. - grid24_6
A Dancing fly. They are predators of small flying insects.
A Tachinid Fly. in the Voriini tribe. These flies attack butterfly and moth larva. - grid24_6
A Tachinid Fly. in the Voriini tribe. These flies attack butterfly and moth larva.
This little Beefly, Phthiriinae, (maybe Neacreotrichus) lays eggs among it's preys eggs. Lepidoptera, bees, and wasps, beetles, grasshoppers. - grid24_6
This little Beefly, Phthiriinae, (maybe Neacreotrichus) lays eggs among it's preys eggs. Lepidoptera, bees, and wasps, beetles, grasshoppers.
Thevenetimyia californica is a large and weird Beefly. - grid24_6
A California native beefly. Very different looking.
Beefly on Ribes caliofornicum - Bombylius major - grid24_6
Another of the Beeflies. This is Bombus major, probably the most common Beefly in the world. The nightmare of all momma bees as it's larva can eat a whole nursery.This Beefly was working the flowers of Ribes californicum.
Ammophilina Thread Waisted Wasp prey on moth and butterflylarvae. Feeding on Eriogonum umbellatum, Sulfur Buckwheat  nectar. - grid24_6
Ammophilina Thread Waisted Wasp prey on moth and butterfly larvae. Feeding on Eriogonum umbellatum nectar.
Pepsis - Tarantula Hawk on a Narrowleaf Milkweed. - grid24_12
Tarantula hawk wasp (Pepsis formosa) on an Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf Milkweed
Halictini, Sphecodes is a Sweat bee Cleptoparasite that steals from other Halictini. - grid24_6
Halictini, Sphecodes is a Sweat bee Cleptoparasite that steals from other Halictini.
Predator of Andrena, Probably red thick-headed fly - Myopa rubida - grid24_6
As if the native bees do not have enough problems they have to deal with predators like Myopa rubida, Red thick-headed fly.
Punctate Blister Beetle (Epicauta puncticollis) lays it's eggs next to grasshopper eggs.,. When the eggs hatch the larvae eats the grasshopper eggs. - grid24_6
Punctate Blister Beetle (Epicauta puncticollis) can be toxic to horses if the harvester collects a great deal of them with the hay. But they are mostly beneficial predators of grasshoppers.
Sphaerophoria larvae are predators of aphids - grid24_6
Sphaerophoria larvae are predators of aphids. This little fly was on Baccharis emoyrii.