These small bugs are about 0.5 inch long and can prey on larger insects such as bumblebees, butterflies or wasps. Ambush bugs are part of the Assassin Bug family. These bugs hide on plants and flowers like this salvia shown here, from which they ambush their prey. They feed by extending and stabbing their beak into its prey and sucking out their body fluids.

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TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insect
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)

Genus: Jagged Ambush Bugs (Phymata)

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