"Honey, there's a big wasp caught in a spiderweb in the kitchen. I better kill it before it gets loose. Do you want pics first?"
Well, turns out it wasn't a wasp, it was a huge (2.8 cm) wasp-mimic fly -- a Mydas Fly, Mydas tibialis. And it wasn't getting loose. The fly would start struggling & the spider would retreat, but it kept coming back. It went after joints in the fly's appendages to find a chink in the armor and inject its venom. Here you can see it latched onto an antenna; it also used the legs.
Spider: Therediidae? ID help needed
ID help needed.
13 mm long
Found in the lawn. 24 mm long.
15 mm long
or maybe I. julia? I think this has the darker color & blunter angle between PM line & costa. And it has none of the white outlining along the postmedian line, & not much where the lines meet the costa.
Found resting in the grass in my lawn during the daytime. I went to carefully clear the grass blades from around it so I could get a shot, & it climbed onto my hand instead.
Tentative; not sure if these can be called to species level. Bonus bugs: a braconid wasp & a little leafhopper -- Typhlocybinae, maybe Erythroneura or Eratoneura or thereabouts
23 mm across. With some unidentified little gelechioid thing
27 mm across
16 mm nose to wingtip
35 mm across
24 mm across
12.3 mm long, incl palps. Probably Agriphila ruricolella. Too worn to be certain, & wingspan works out to 20 mm, exactly at the overlap between that and A. vulgivagella. But the yellower color is more consistent with rurucolella, as are the darker smudges (which look like remnants of the postmedian & subterminal line darkening).
9 mm long
This gorgeous little pyraloid was definitely the moth of the night.
Not 100% certain, but looks like a match.
5.8 mm long