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Ambush bug

subfamily Phymatidae


Last weekend in a small river valley near Angel Peak, NM, I saw at least 30 of these beautiful ambush bugs. They were hard to spot because of their excellent camouflage.

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42 Comments (1–25)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Nice camouflage

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


YurianaMartínez 9 years ago

wonderfull spotting! im amazed....

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

30?? It took me one year to find a single one !!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

nice macro shots. he looks a little unreal in that last photo :p

empidonax 9 years ago

Great shots!

textless 9 years ago

Thanks FoTony :)

FoTony 9 years ago

Wow what a great series! Very well taken and beautiful sharp.

textless 10 years ago

Thanks Emma and Carol and bjohnson. I love ambush bugs and am really sorry that I won't see any until spring. :)

bjohnson 10 years ago

Thank you for the info about your camera and the ambush bug (another new one for me)- I really want a macro lens for Christmas - your photos and subjects are terrific!!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago


Hema 10 years ago

awesome Textless!

textless 10 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments... ambush bugs really are amazing!

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Super photos! Amazing creature!

CourtneyVerk 10 years ago

I've seen this bug before...I tried really hard to get the shot but it was hiding under the petals of a flower and they were so tiny. I will post my shot. Please let me know if you think this is the Ambush Bug.

KristalWatrous 10 years ago

I've never heard them to be considered pollinators. They are not noticeably hairy and move slowly, so they are not very likely to transfer pollen between flowers.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 10 years ago

I'm not sure if it is a pollinator or not. I kind of doubt it as they don't move around a lot. Their stealth/ambush hunters and are attracted to flowers not for pollen and nectar, but for prey.

Sally Chuang
Sally Chuang 10 years ago

nice shot..never seen this insect before..

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Gordon this bug is also called a Pollinator..?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

What a predatory mimicking creature... Nice work...Amadee..!!

LarsKorb 10 years ago

Spotting deluxe. Fantastic shooting job.

YogeshSave 10 years ago


DennisStallings 10 years ago

I bet they were hard to spot,great photos....

courtneyhitson 10 years ago

very nice clear shot!

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New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Sep 17, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2011

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