|This Phymata nymph is on the disk flowers of|
Echinacea purpurea. He appears to smile,
and I smiled to see him! Creek Field, July 2018.
|This handsome Phymata struts his stuff on a|
Rosinweed leaf. Creek Field, July 2018.
|Check out the enlarged femur on this|
charmer's front leg! "Phymata" means
"swollen"--a good description of that muscular
front leg designed for grabbing prey.
Creek Field, July 2018.
And on every blooming plant, there was a Jagged Ambush Bug! The presence of Jagged Ambush Bugs (Phymata spp.), and other carnivorous insects, is an indicator of a maturing prairie restoration, so I was happy to see them. I only hope there were plenty of prey-insects to sustain them and allow them to reproduce successfully.
Jagged spines and juts
Snagging sunlight turned to meat
by unwary bugs.