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Good Bug Corner - Ambush Bug (07/02/15)

This week’s Good Bug Corner featured insect is the ambush bug, Phymata sp., in the family Reduviidae.

Good Bug Corner

This week’s Good Bug Corner featured insect is the ambush bug, Phymata sp., in the family Reduviidae. As the common insect name implies, they will wait and hide in flowers and ambush their prey. Ambush bugs can be identified by their raptorial front legs that they use for grasping prey, cryptic coloration, and stout bodied insects about 5-12 mm long. The immature nymphs look the adult without wings. When they grasp their prey, they inject it with enzymes to digest it and then suck up its content. They feed on any insects found in flower, such as honey bees, bumblebees, wasps, butterflies and flies. 

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Janet J. Knodel

Extension Entomologist

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