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Ambush Bug, Not Assassin Bug, In Yesterday’s Post!

Thanks to Pat Nelson’s sharp eyes, I realized I had mislabeled the bug in yesterday’s blog.  It was an Ambush Bug, not an Assassin Bug.  While both are predators and in the same family (Reduviidae), Assassin Bugs are usually dark colored and have long, narrow heads compared to Ambush Bugs.  Ambush Bugs are usually quite stout and typically have bright colors such as yellow, red or orange.  They also have thickened front pincer-like legs with teeth-like structures that hold the prey while it is being consumed.  Although small (usually less than ½ inch), an Ambush Bug’s prey may be as large as a bumblebee, wasp or butterfly.

 

4 responses

  1. Alice

    That’s an awesome looking bug!

    September 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm

  2. I you would like to see an ambush bug and an assassin bug in combat, read here:
    https://wp.me/p90hhh-Gr

    Moira

    September 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm

  3. I love it maryholland

    September 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

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