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Phymata fasciata Sitting in wait on Eupatorium serotinum.  This species of ambush bug can change its hue between pale white and yellow (much like Mecaphesa sp/crab spiders). It often takes on the yellow form in late summer and fall (in order to match the yellow wildflowers of the season). <br />
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I decided to keep an eye on this one as it wasn&#039;t exactly blending in with the white boneset in my yard. It took around a week, but it slowly transitioned to the hue below:<br />
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I decided to keep an eye on this one as it wasn&#039;t exactly blending in with the white boneset in my yard. It took around a week, but it slowly transitioned from yellow to the hue above.<br />
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Phymata fasciata

Sitting in wait on Eupatorium serotinum. This species of ambush bug can change its hue between pale white and yellow (much like Mecaphesa sp/crab spiders). It often takes on the yellow form in late summer and fall (in order to match the yellow wildflowers of the season).

I decided to keep an eye on this one as it wasn't exactly blending in with the white boneset in my yard. It took around a week, but it slowly transitioned to the hue below:

Phymata fasciata Sitting in wait on Eupatorium serotinum. This species of ambush can change its hue between pale white and yellow (much like Mecaphesa sp/crab spiders). It often takes on the yellow form in late summer and fall (in order to match the yellow wildflowers of the season).<br />
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I decided to keep an eye on this one as it wasn't exactly blending in with the white boneset in my yard. It took around a week, but it slowly transitioned from yellow to the hue above.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/121662/phymata_fasciata.html Geotagged,Phymata Fasciata,Phymata fasciata,Summer,United States

    comments (4)

  1. Great info. After having seen the dark tone a few times in a row, did not realize it could change its hue at all. The times it takes to do so reminds me of crab spiders, I think it's a slow process for them as well. Posted 7 days ago
    1. Yep (I mentioned them above too). I'm wondering if they use similar methods to go through this change. THe time for color change seems to be pretty similar too. Posted 7 days ago
      1. Ugh, read over that reference. Too much speed reading :) Posted 7 days ago
        1. It's fine! It's cool that you made the same connection as I! Posted 7 days ago

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''Phymata fasciata'' is a species of ambush bug in the family Reduviidae. It is found in Central America and North America.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Sep 14, 2021. Captured Sep 2, 2021 16:29 in 227 Oakman Rd NE, Oakman, GA 30732, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/16.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO125
  • 100mm