Assassin Bug

Our mountain mint beds attract more pollinating insects and a greater variety than any other flower we grow. They are literally buzzing with clouds of honeybees, bumblebees, small solitary bees, wasps large and small, butterflies, hover-flies, and other insects throughout the day. The predators gather for the feast as well.

In this clip a milkweed assassin bug catches a small wasp in a bed of mountain mint. In the meantime, a tiny crab spider patiently waits its turn on the leaf above while bees and flies and wasps buzz busily about gathering nectar and pollen, and a gigantic grasshopper lumbers by in the background.

It's a dramatic encounter in the miniaturized world of our smallest local wildlife.