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Photo#370843
Misumenops spider with an Hemipteran insect - Mecaphesa

Misumenops spider with an Hemipteran insect - Mecaphesa
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
February 26, 1998
Size: BL 6mm (spider)
This spider and prey were photographed in Borrego Palm Canyon in late February. We're reasonably sure that the crab spider is a Misumenops, but we can't tell what the prey is. It looks like an Orthopteran with long legs. Antennae are too long for Acrididae. We thought it might be a Desert Longhorn Grasshopper, but eyes and legs seem wrong. Our best guess is a Katydid of some sort, but we have seen nothing that looks like this. Any help with the prey will be most appreciated.

We've just changed the prey insect to a True Bug thanks to Ken Wolgemuth!

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Total guess, on my part...
...but I'm wondering if this might not be one of the many Phytocoris species? Someone with a lot more expertise than myself would have to confirm that though! :-)

 
Phytocoris sp?
Thanks for your suggestion. It's very possible. Phytocoris do have bug eyes and we have seen a few species in the general low desert sandy area of where this spider caught its prey. But Phytocoris has about 199 species! And of course this view is very difficult to consider and work with.

 
or maybe...
something from Psocidae

 
There is a resemblance,
but I believe that Psocids have chewing--not sucking--mouthparts.

 
Thanks
for your suggestion, too. This is a new family I've never heard of--and a new order! I looked it up on BugGuide and came up with http://bugguide.net/node/view 254927. It really does look similar to our bug, and about the right small size. So we started investigating and really thought we had it--until I read that this order has chewing mouthparts! This prey insect, as was pointed out, has a beak, meaning sucking mouthparts. So even though the looks are very similar, it can not be this insect. However, your suggestion has led us to investigate ahnd learn about another order! Maybe we will run into one of them some day soon. In general it's a lot easier to find what I'm looking for!

Not an orthopteran.
That long beak says true bug to me. Can't say for sure exactly what kind, but I'm sure someone will be able to come up with an ID.

 
a true bug!
You're right! I missed the beak! No wonder it didn't seem to fit anywhere. Thanks so much for your help!

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