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unknown bug in garden
July 29, 2009
I found this bug clinging to a carrot plant in my garden this afternoon, and I am totally stumped. I’m guessing that it’s molting (but the more I look, the less sure I am), but, even trying to imagine it without the baggage on its back, I have no clue what it is. And really I’m just stoked to finally have a reason to write in!
Ernie
Cripple Creek, VA

Ambush Bug

Ambush Bug

Hi Ernie,
This is a Jagged Ambush Bug in the genus Phymata.
Not long ago, Ambush Bugs had their own family, but recently they have been demoted to a subfamily of the Assassin Bugs, Reduviidae.  These small predators are well camouflaged on plants and flowers where they wait for their prey.

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