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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 .
a form of Tachinidae, maybe Gonia fly working the flowers of Arctostaphylos standfordiana  - grid24_12
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_12
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.
Red Cuckoo Bee, Nomada - grid24_12
Red Cuckoo Bee, Nomada
This fly was working the flowers of an Elephant Heart Plum  - grid24_12
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_12
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_12
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_12
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_12
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_12
A California native beefly. Very different looking.
Beefly on Ribes caliofornicum - Bombylius major - grid24_12
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_12
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_12
Halictini, Sphecodes is a Sweat bee Cleptoparasite that steals from other Halictini.
Predator of Andrena, Probably red thick-headed fly - Myopa rubida - grid24_12
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_12
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.
Lasioglossum, Sweat bee, on Arctostaphylos Ian Bush - grid24_12
Lasioglossum subgenus Dialictus
A Robber Fly, Stenopogoninae is a rather ruthless predator. Most small flies, bees and other insects are nothing but lunch. - grid24_12
A Robber Fly, Stenopogoninae
Sphaerophoria larvae are predators of aphids - grid24_12
Sphaerophoria larvae are predators of aphids. This little fly was on Baccharis emoyrii.
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