Spied this guy after I picked a peach.
A real predator. I mean…look at that mouth (apparently, if handled roughly, it gives a painful bite)!
This true bug is the largest of its kind. It is also the only U.S. insect with a crest. Thankfully, it likes to stab and inject a paralytic toxin into soft-bodied insects like caterpillars and garden pests such as bean beetles. They like to hangout in fruit trees (thus the discovery in one of peach trees).
A remarkable creature and an interesting find. Welcome to the orchard and garden(s)…eat all you want.