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Ambush Bug

Phymata americana

Description:

Insects in the subfamily 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.

Notes:

Found on a Black-Eyed Suzanne.

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6 Comments

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

Thank you, Smith'sZoo!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

and another! fantastic series!!!!

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

I'm pretty sure they are harmless...to humans at least.

OneArseneWenger
OneArseneWenger 9 years ago

these guys make me think twice before picking flowers ...or leaning in to smell them!!

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

Thank you for the ID, Jellis.

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago

Phymata americana

CourtneyVerk
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CourtneyVerk

Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Aug 5, 2012
Submitted on Aug 11, 2012

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