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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata pacifica


Small red and yellow bug with jagged, armor.


Goldenbush along trail. This species is only found in California and Baja California.


Submitted to BugGuide for confirmation of species. "Armed with raptorial forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size. They form a subgroup within the assassin bugs." - Wikipedia

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Thank you, Johan. I was so happy to spot one. It was on my list of organisms to spot this year. This bug was tricky to photograph without a macro or image stabilization but at least they're mostly in focus :)

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nicely captured!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2012
Submitted on Aug 29, 2012

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