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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: What am I?
Location: South Jersey (August 2017)
August 24, 2017 9:29 am
Found this lounging on my picnic table. Looks like it’s giving a piggyback ride to another.
Signature: Jennifer Pierce

Mating Wheel Bugs

Dear Jennifer,
These are mating Wheel Bugs, the largest predatory Assassin Bugs in North America.  The angle of your image does not highlight the coglike protrusion on the thorax of adult Wheel Bugs.

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Subject: Fleeing the scene of the crime…
Location: Sussex County, NJ
August 12, 2017 1:05 pm
I thought you might enjoy this one for your Life Cycle gallery. A Sycamore Assassin Nymph leaving the corpse of a small ant. Kind of hard to be discreet when wearing an orange jumpsuit…
Have a great weekend.
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Sycamore Assassin Bug eats Ant

Dear Deborah,
Thanks for providing your image of an immature Sycamore Assassin Bug and the corpse of an Ant it has feasted upon.  As you indicated, it will be an excellent addition to our Food Chain tag.

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Subject: Bug with spiky head
Location: New Jersey
August 8, 2017 5:43 pm
I don’t think this is a wheel bug or leaf hopper or a stick bug. Please help me identify it.
Signature: Sandeep

Spiny Assassin Bug Nymph

Dear Sandeep,
This is a Spiny Assassin Bug nymph in the genus
SineaHere is a BugGuide image for reference.

Thanks, Daniel. Feel free to use my pictures as well if it can help others.
-Sandeep
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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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