Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata)

Predatory; Beneficial with their big chunky “arms”. Although they sometimes grab other beneficials, they aren’t fussy and will do in thrips and other pest insects. To me they always look like they are smiling.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-10_jagged_ambush_bug_(Phymata_sp.).htm

Here is a nymph shown on a Florida Native Plant Giant Ironweed.


  1. Critter watching is such fun – particularly when *cool* critters are found – yours certainly are cool!!!!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Brenda….now that I actually look at nature I’m astounded at how much I missed all these years. I guess my time as come 🙂

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