Ambush Bugs

ambush bug
Ambush Bugs vary in color to blend in with their environment.

Photo by Sally King

Ambush bugs are small predaceous insects. They are common in Bandelier. You must look closely to see them - they are well camouflaged in their environment.
Ambush Bug
An Ambush Bug's front legs are adapted into curved claws for capturing their prey.

Photo by Sally King

The front legs of an Ambush bug are well-adapted for capturing and holding their prey. With these hooked claws, an Ambush Bug can capture and consume prey much larger than itself.
Ambush Bug
You are most likely to see an Ambush Bug if you look closely at a flower where the bug is waiting patiently for an unsuspecting pollinator.

Photo by Sally King

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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