There is considerable interest in identifying predators for Halyomorpha halys
, the brown marmorated stink bug, because Halyomorpha halys
is a serious agricultural pest in the Mid-Atlantic states. Here a spotted orb weaver preys on a brown marmorated stink bug. Unlike nearly all other spiders, Neoscona crucifera
actually eats the body parts of its prey. Typically, spiders inject enzymes into their prey which liquefy the soft tissues and enable the spider to suck the liquified tissues out of the prey. Please see Camponotus americanus
or Dipoena sp. elsewhere in my Flickr collection for an example of this. This hapless stink bug has already lost his head. Made at Gambrills, Maryland 39° 04' 40.61" N 76° 39' 33.46" W on September 4, 2011. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 180mm macro lens, Canon macrolite.