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!
Cripple Creek, VA
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.