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It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there! And when it comes to one “good” bug eating another “good” bug, the act is known as Intra-Guild Predation (IGP). This photo is a prime example of IGP. It shows a crab spider with a small, native, green metallic sweat bee in its grasp.

Crab spiders are one type of hunting spider. Rather than capturing their prey in a web, they hunker down in a flower and wait for an unsuspecting insect to drop by and become lunch.¬†All spiders are beneficial to the garden because they capture and consume many different garden pests. Occasionally, however, they’ll also nab a pollinator. And when they do, they’re merely taking part in the intricate web of life that includes IGP. Amazing to think that this kind of life-and-death action occurs in our yards and gardens each and every day!

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