Jagged Ambush Bug – 8/11/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/11/13

Observation Time: 4:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Jagged Ambush Bug

Scientific Name: Phymata americana

Comments: This small insect (1/2″ in length) turns out to be predatory. It waits in flowers to ambush prey that are sometimes larger than itself. This one was found among goldenrod blossoms.

More Information: aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu or NatureSearch

Jagged Ambush Bug

Jagged Ambush Bug