Jagged Ambush Bugs Mating

Bug Love Meets Where’s Waldo
Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 7:49 PM
My son Sam took this picture of what he thought was an assassin bug on a flower. Later when we looked back at it we noticed that it was actually two bugs mating. If you can zoom in it’s really a pretty amazing picture. We are wondering now if they are assassin bugs since they don’t seem much like the others on this site. In any case, it’s one for your Bug Love. Any ideas? Thanks, as always, for your great great site!
Sam and Daddy Jim
Suburban backyard, 35 miles west of Chicago

Mating Ambush Bugs
Mating Ambush Bugs

Hi Sam and Daddy Jim,
Though they are sometimes mistaken for Assassin Bugs, Ambush Bugs are in a different family, Phymatidae.  Your pair are Jagged Ambush Bugs in the genus Phymata, and you can see more images on BugGuide.

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  1. Assassin bugs they are, although they go by the moniker ambush bugs. These are Phymata sp. (Reduviidae: Phymatinae). Leaning toward P. pennsylvanica but could be P. a. americana.


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