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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata pennsylvanica

Description:

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.

Habitat:

These aggressive predators are tiny, but they will lay in wait on flowers for pollinators as large as bumblebees. I found this one in a goldenrod patch in a grassy field.

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Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 28, 2012

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