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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata erosa praestans


1cm, raptorial forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size


urban garden/ semi wild island forest


I spotted a few of these at Dufferin Island, just upstream from the Falls and at nearby Oak Hall. This a combination of those 2 sightings. In the last 2 photos it's eating a fly.

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dandoucette 9 years ago

Okay, thanks for the link reference. I know I should create wiki page for this and add some of my butterflies to Just have to find the time and motivation!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Its very rare specie and interesting to study...No support information available on net..!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Yes 2nd and 3rd pictures are interesting...You need to post Wiki page...!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

I refer that link to match your specie...from Wiki..!!

dandoucette 9 years ago

Ashish, I can't find any images of your suggestion online so I'm going to just take your word for it. Can you see all 5 images now?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

I think its Phymata erosa praestans

dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Aaron8 for ID. Thanks Rubens, I think it's eating some type of fly.

rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Nice insect. The eyes are very different. It is eating a bee ?

Aarongunnar 9 years ago

ambush bug (Phymata sp.)

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 30, 2011
Submitted on Jul 30, 2011


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