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Ambush bug

Phymata sp.

Description:

Another one for my what-the-heck-is-this list. Around 2 cm (4/5 of an inch). Very strange bug, with wings like Pentatomoidea, but with a very wide, trapezoidal body. It has a very complex structure in the back, with no visible function. Although it looks like a nymph, it flew when I came close. Very strong front legs ending in a kind of a claw.

Notes:

Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs), Subfamily Phymatinae (Ambush Bugs)

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5 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantastico!!!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago

I occasionally find ambush bugs in the late summer, hiding amongst the flowers. They often blend in very well!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Thank you very much, Leuba. Lucky me that was in the right place in the right time... I didn't know that this bug could be found here in Brazil, so it is a new lesson for me too.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Sergio- thanks for the brilliant photo and Juan for the ID. This is a great lesson in observation for me !! I may be wrong but if I look closely, I can see features of an assassin bug - the usually longish neck is covered by yellow plates, the stabber is missing ( can't see it), the spinous processes on the thorax are there, the flattened dorsal side of the body (dark brown) with the upward (reflexed) sweep of the bordering skirt -the two green triangles with a central brown patch (connexivum). Somewhere along the line, this subfamily decided to look a little different from the "assassins" I think, and preferred to "ambush". What a lesson I've learnt today..... brilliant. keep them coming...

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID, Juan.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Quatro Barras, Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 12, 2012
Submitted on Jun 13, 2012

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