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Jagged Ambush Bug - Phymata fasciata In general, they have a triangular scutellum and a short pronotum.  <br />
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I found this bug as it was waiting to ambush its breakfast on some vegetation along the edge of a meadow. Geotagged,Phymata fasciata,Summer,United States,ambush bug,bug,jagged ambush bug,phymata,phymata fasciata Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Jagged Ambush Bug - Phymata fasciata

In general, they have a triangular scutellum and a short pronotum.

I found this bug as it was waiting to ambush its breakfast on some vegetation along the edge of a meadow.

    comments (14)

  1. Super cool! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Agree and thanks :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. Very cool bug! Their staring eyes seem so fitting for an ambush :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks! Their eyes and little, raptorial legs add to their intensity. Posted 4 years ago
      1. This one looks similar, and in roughly same region:
        https://bugguide.net/node/view/575524

        Just a visual search though.
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. Thanks Ferdy...I did my best to key it out and came up with the same conclusion :) Posted 4 years ago
          1. Nice, glad you found it! Posted 4 years ago
            1. Thanks for your help :) Posted 4 years ago
  3. Just perfect! I've just captured one just "a few moments ago" :D
    Lisa told me to check this entry of yours, I was hunting for the ID, and overall shape appeared to be Coreidae, but those claws were a big part of problem to the correct approach ;) It appears to be Reduviidae, of course, in this list you can cross check it for your ID, although it has only Phymata crassipes and Phymata monstrosa:
    https://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/wikig.php?tax=Phymata
    Mine appears to be Phymata monstrosa, judding (mostly) by the shape of the antennae:
    Phymata monstrosa Reduviidae<br />
Phymata monstrosa<br />
https://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/esp-page.php?gen=Phymata&esp=monstrosa<br />
 Hemiptera,Phymata monstrosa,biodiversity,bugs,heteroptera,phymata

    Great find, Christine! And a beautiful detailed photo, as always!
    My best, Cheers*
    Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
    1. Awesome! I love these little guys :) Posted 4 years ago
      1. New adds to genus Phymata! ;) they are wonderful little creatures indeed. Cheers, Christine! Posted 4 years ago
        1. *thumbs up* Posted 4 years ago
  4. Great capture! Such a interesting a diverse predator. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Stephen! Posted 4 years 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 Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jun 29, 2018. Captured Jun 29, 2018 08:32 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/2.8
  • 1/128s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm