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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata pennsylvanica


Phymata is derived from the Greek "Phyma", which means tumor or swelling--and one can see why this strange, armored, lumpy-looking insect got its name. Length is about 3/8". Front legs are configured for grasping, much like the mantids. There are 17 species in North America.


I photographed this ambush bug on a goldenrod growing in an old field. They tend to like to lie in ambush for their insect prey on yellow flowers, such as goldenrod and will take large, dangerous prey such as bees.

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1 Comment

KeithRoragen 8 years ago

Nice detail on this image.

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012


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