Planet of the Arthropods


Ambush Bug
Phymata erosa

This "true bug" lies camouflaged in flowers where it captures prey with large, grasping forelegs. Its mouth parts are modified, forming a beak which pierces its prey. After ingesting the body fluids, the Ambush Bug discards the empty body.

Robinson Woods
Cook County Forest Preserve
Norridge, Illinois



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