Yesterday my neighbor Al and I saw this Boxelder Bug walking on my Venus Flytrap. We kept expecting it to get caught, but then Al noticed that the Boxelder Bug seemed to be feeding on whatever was inside the flytrap mouth.
Look closely at the photo (click on it to zoom in). It looks like the bug has injected its feeding tube into the flytrap’s prey. Boxelder Bugs normally feed by pressing this tube into a plant and sucking the juices out like a straw. Has anyone ever seen this before?
UPDATE- Arthur V. Evans, an entomologist (among other noble pursuits according to his website-check out his boxelder article), took a look for me and agrees it is a Boxelder Bug. But, he said that these bugs do not eat other insects. So, I’m still not sure what it was eating inside the flytrap, but whatever it was it liked it. It spent a few minutes there.
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