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The flower is Helianthus petiolaris or more commonly called the Prairie Sunflower. What I am trying to ID is the insect at the center of the blossom.
Phymatinae are commonly called ambush bugs after their habit of lying in wait for prey relying on their superb camouflage. Armed with raptorial forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size. They form a subgroup within the assassin bugs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phymatinae
Spotted on Jul 23, 2010
Submitted on May 17, 2012