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Jagged Ambush Bug nymph

Phymata sp.


When I looked at the Buckwheat flowers, there was one small spot that appeared slightly off. It was a little too blue-green. I snapped a photo and zoomed in. I was surprised to find a face staring back at me (image 5). This nymph was 6 mm long and was just short of perfectly camouflaged. It has some brown spots and yellow eyes but is mostly white. The underside, legs and side of the head is a blue-green.


Buckwheat flowers in chaparral


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41 Comments (1–25)

Thank you Jason and Marta! I really appreciate all of the support from the community who love nature as much as I do.

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Congratulations!! For me was a sure "must-win", because of its beauty and difficulty to be found :-)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

Stunning!! Congrats! Thanks for sharing..

Thank you Sckel and Tom!

Tom15 6 years ago

Great spotting, it blends in perfectly with the flowers. Congrats on SOTD!

Sckel 6 years ago

Congratulations, cindy. wonderful spotting.

Thank you so much, Ashley!!! When a couple days went by without a comment, I thought perhaps it was too well camouflaged :)

AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Cindy! This is the first time my suggestion for sotw has actually won :) But if I didn't suggest it first, I have no doubts that someone else would have, it is a fantastic series!

Thank you Viv, Satyen, arlanda, Leuba, Rieko and António!

Awesome Cindy,just to much beautiful to be true :-)
Congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing such a beautiful spotting page

RiekoS 6 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow ! Congratulations, Cindy !!

arlanda 6 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Congrats :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago


VivBraznell 6 years ago

Incredible! Great spotting Cindy

Thank you so much, Yasser, fellow Rangers and friends! Nature is awesome!

Congratulations Cindy !

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Congratulations Cindy! This one is so fantastic.

Yasser 6 years ago

Cindy, I still can't get over how you spotted this little dude! I have to agree with everything Neil said! What an amazing little bug with such masterful camouflage. Congratulations on earning Ranger Spotting of the Week honors with this super series and thanks for sharing so many incredible encounters!


Thank you Lauren and Neil! I guess all my time looking in bushes has paid off ;)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

The spotting of the century! How did you know it was there, Cindy? It's so well camouflaged I can barely see it in the photos. Very impressed indeed :-)

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Wonderful series Cindy! Love it. Remarkable camouflage!

Thank you Reza and Bhagya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

nice spotting Cindy

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2014
Submitted on May 6, 2014

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