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Subject:  Found on Asters and it appears to prey on bees
Geographic location of the bug:  Bloomington, Indiana
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 09:31 PM EDT
I’ve seen a couple of these bugs. They are pretty small, only looking like a tiny piece of bark that fell onto the flower. They seem to park themselves on the aster and aren’t afraid of being photographed. Today, I got a shot of one sucking on the abdomen of a small bee. It looked like the bee wad dead.
How you want your letter signed:  Teddy Alfrey

Ambush Bug eats Flower Fly

Dear Teddy,
Your images are exquisite.  The predator in your images is an Ambush Bug, and though it resembles a bee, the prey is actually a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family SyrphidaeAmbush Bugs are frequently found on blossoms where they ambush insects, many of which are pollinators.

Ambush Bug

Daniel,
Thanks for the “exquisite” comment, and the quick reply!!
My thought was that the prey was something like a Mason Bee, but of course, you’re right about the Flower Fly.
I have quite a few insect photos on my Flickr page:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/teddyalfrey/albums
And on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/teddy.alfrey
Other than bees, my favorite insects to photograph are spiders, but I don’t get much love for my spider photos!
Thanks again!!!
Teddy.

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Subject:  squat yellow bug w tiny praying mantis legs
Geographic location of the bug:Madison, Wisconsin
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
found this little dude crawling on my picnic blanket and I’ve never seen anything like it. he has wings, but was happy to just crawl around my hands for several minutes before he decided to fly away.
How you want your letter signed:  kk

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear kk,
The magenta knit background beautifully contrasts the chartreuse color of your Jagged Ambush Bug, quite unlike the typical camouflage it enjoys when resting on many blossoms.  The Jagged Ambush Bug is a predator that uses its raptorial front legs to capture prey much as a Preying Mantis hunts.

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Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Taos NM
August 25, 2017
About 1/4 inch
How you want your letter signed:  Charlie

Ambush Bug

Dear Charlie,
This is one of the strangest images we have ever received of a predatory Ambush Bug.

 

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Subject: Leaf-like insect?
Location: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
July 31, 2017 7:21 pm
Hi,
I was wondering if you could help me identify this bug. There were two of them, and they are quite strange looking. I’ve tried a Google image search but haven’t found anything.
Thanks
Signature: Mary-Ann

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear Mary-Ann,
Your Jagged Ambush Bug images are awesome.  Jagged Ambush Bugs are stealth predators that depend upon camouflage to help them capture winged prey, often much larger than themselves.

Jagged Ambush Bug

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Subject: What’s this bug????
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2017 6:00 am
Bugman,
I’d like to understand more about this fragile little guy
Tell me everything you know!
Thanks,
Signature: :Drew

Ambush Bug

Dear Drew,
While we are amused that you want us to tell you everything we know, that is just not possible.  We can tell you this is a Jagged Ambush Bug in the genus
Phymata, which you can verify on BugGuide where it states:  “typically found on flowers in open or semi-open habitats.”  While they are waiting on blossoms and plants, Ambush Bugs rely on camouflage to assist them in ambushing prey, often pollinating insects.

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Subject: Beetle?
Location: Long Island, ny
July 23, 2017 7:11 pm
Saw thin on a cone flower
Signature: Kathy L

Jagged Ambush Bug

Dear Kathy,
Jagged Ambush Bugs like the one in your image often wait concealed on blossoms as unaware pollinating insects fall prey into their raptorial grasp.

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