An Ambush Bug

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I found a tiny ambush bug on a black-eyed susan flowerhead on July 23.

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It only measured a half-inch long.

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The shape of its head, the weird shape of its body,

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the buggy eyes and shape of its front legs

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mades it interesting from any angle.

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Its front legs act as pincers to hold prey. It then inserts its short beak and sucks out body fluids.

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They even prey on insects as big as bumblebees, butterflies and wasps.

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The last picture was taken yesterday on July 28th. I couldn’t find it this morning on the 29th.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. That’s another one that I’ve never seen. It sure is strange looking. You got some excellent close ups!

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  2. What a cool looking little one! Great pics.

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  3. What an interesting little bug. Terrific shots.

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  4. what a crazy looking insect, wow, i’ve never seen one before. Great shots you shared!

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