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Jagged Ambush Bug

Phymata pennsylvanica

Description:

Phymata is derived from the Greek "Phyma", which means tumor or swelling--and one can see why this strange, armored, lumpy-looking insect got its name. Length is about 3/8". Front legs are configured for grasping, much like the mantids. There are 17 species in North America.

Habitat:

I photographed this mating pair in an old, overgrown field. They tend to like to lie in ambush for their insect prey on yellow flowers, such as goldenrod.

Notes:

I've seen these rather diminutive insects take large and dangerous prey, such as honeybees.

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3 Comments

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

asergio, I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder...grin.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Great photo, Gordon. I like those weird critters a lot. They prove that it doesn't mater how ugly you are, you'll always find a soul mate! :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Fantastic!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2008
Submitted on Mar 21, 2012

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