Ambush Bug in Action(2) !

robkal

Windsor, United States

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Thanks to Red Bubble contributor, Kane Slater, I have learned that these are Ambush Bugs.
These stealthy critters sit very still on or near flowers, their superb camouflage allowing them to remain undetected . They then seize their prey using front legs adapted for the task – these legs resemble the front legs of the praying mantis. Holding its victim in these pincers, the ambush bug inserts its short beak (proboscis) and sucks out the body fluids They sometimes catch bees by their tongues as they are sipping nectar! Although the Ambush Bug is small (usually less than 12 millimetres, or 0.5 inch), it is a ferocious bug that takes prey 2 or 3 times its own size!
Incredibly, this bee that it just took down was almost 3 times as large as itself !

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  • Pete Costick
  • Kane Slater
  • velveteagle
  • elena7
  • John Vandeven
  • Phineous "Flash"   Cassidy
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