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Pennsylvania Ambush Bug with prey (Yellowjacket)

Phymata pennsylvanica


Small, uniquely shaped bugs with grasping front legs. Able to take much larger prey as seen here. I saw the wasp and as I approached for a photo I realized that it had become dinner for this lovely Assassin Bug. Smaller male piggybacking on the female.


Meadow. Found on Giant Goldenrod.


Two of several found in this location. The rest of them:

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New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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