Phymata pennsylvanica


Common Names: Pennsylvania ambush bug, Pennsylvania jagged ambush bug
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Bugs


Commonly called ambush bugs after their habit of lying in wait for prey relying on their superb camouflage. Armed with raptorial forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size. They form a subgroup within the assassin bugs.

The antennae have four segments. There are two ocelli. The beak has three segments. The tarsi also have three segments. The rear half of the abdomen expands beyond the edges of the wings.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/5258
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