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Pennsylvania Ambush Bug

Phymata pennsylvanica


A true bug, these insects hide among flowers and sit-and-wait for their prey. They use their powerful front legs to capture other insects. There is only one generation per year.


open prairie

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Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you so much, Fyn! I am so honored to be considered for Spotting of the Week!

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thanks, Logan. I had never seen these before and yesterday when I went out they were all over the place!

LuckyLogan 7 years ago

Excellent detail in the shots Stephanie! I saw a few of them last week but never got around to finding out what they were. My pictures definitely didn't come out this good :)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you, Mark! I was so excited when I found him:)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

What an amazing beastie. I think I would like to see it in action. Good find Stephanie.

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

I agree, Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

very interesting animal!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you, Bhagya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

wow!!!! awesome.....

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you, Armadeus.4! He is kind of wicked looking:) This is the first spotting of this bug for me. I had no idea that we had these in our area!

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Wicked bug! Way cool pics Stephanie! Thank you for sharing :)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Yes, Karen, these guys are pretty weird looking:)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 7 years ago

Thank you, Bill. That means a lot coming from you!

MrsPbio 7 years ago

That first pic looks like something out of a Doctor Who show...!

beaker98 7 years ago

Awesome photos Stephanie! Super sharp! These are awesome bugs:)

Stephanie R.
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Stephanie R.

Illinois, USA

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Aug 12, 2014

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