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In this shot the ambush bug appears to be stretching ... and what a cute little vest he has on. Then again maybe he is angry and is getting ready to zap me with Godzilla breath! Is it a bug or a very small dinosaur?

Seriously this bug has the ability to grasp prey with his claw like pincers and then impale them with his hypodermic like beak (rostrum). His antenna fold back into little grooves within the protective mantle that covers his head. The hind legs are ecquipped with hooks to firmly anchor himself when capturing prey. Ambush bugs routinely take down butterflies many times larger than themselves. They also eat bees and other insects that visit flowers.

Click on this link to read my celebrated poem, Ode to an Ambush Bug: www.flickr.com/photos/drphotomoto/4877632750/

Above photograph is featured in Die Raubwanzen der Welt (a compendium of Assasin Bugs of the World) by Daniel Bauer. www.reduviidae.de/biologie/lebensweise.html

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  1. SDweirdjjj 56 months ago | reply

    Wow, great series !

    Great photo!
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  2. David Panevin 56 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot.

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  5. jerry polizzi 56 months ago | reply

    Very cool thanks for sharing

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  9. © Limpus48 49 months ago | reply

    Awesome!!

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  10. Duvali@-Lat@ (Serge Rolandez) 49 months ago | reply

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  13. © Limpus48 49 months ago | reply

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  14. mudder_bbc 44 months ago | reply

    Beautiful captures of this tiny bug. Great, aren't they?

  15. ChanHawkins 41 months ago | reply

    Up close and personal. Excellent information as well.
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  16. Elisabetta Casale © 39 months ago | reply


    I have seen this amazing capture in the Amazing Capture Group.Collect 4 awards including ALL invites to receive a SUPER AWARD.

  17. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

    Excellent

  18. Hookiegirl1 29 months ago | reply

    It's so ... alien.

    Wonderful detail! You've inspired me to pursue higher magnification lenses for my SLR.

  19. CoffeeWoman 3 months ago | reply

    You are a fount of information! I'm so glad to see the underside of this fellow, as I try to understand how these bug dinosaurs are put together. Now I know how/where the legs come out, and get to see a bit into the "shoulder" of the enlarged front leg. Fascinating.

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