Ambush Bug feasting of flower visiting fly

Southern Ontario Canada Bug
Photograph was taken at the end of August, 2005 in my backyard. Bug on the right in the photograph was ‘eating’ the bug on the left. What is the bug on the right?

Hi David,
This is a Jagged Ambush Bug, Phymata erosa. They are True Bugs in the family Phymatidae. They often sit and wait on flowers where they are camouflaged. When a bee, butterfly, or flower visiting fly like the one in your photo, comes to the flower to feed, the Ambush Bug earns its name, often capturing insects far greater in size.

Leave a Comment