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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata pacifica

Description:

Small red and yellow bug with jagged, armor.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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2 Comments

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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