|Garden Predators||Ambush Bugs|
The first ambush bug I noticed was this tiny nymph on the yellow Lantana flower. Here it's perched on my thumbnail.
Once I started looking for ambush bugs, they weren't too hard to find. This ambush bug adult is lurking in the purple mistflower, waiting for a juicy bug to come for nectar. Ambush bugs remind me of hidden pictures. Speaking of hidden pictures, see if you can find the ambush bug on my Spanish Needles page. There's one there that I didn't mention on the page, and it's in plain sight. Somewhere on this page is another hidden creature. Test your observation skills: can you find the spider legs in one of the pictures on this page? For an easier task, find the green ambush bug nymph in the Purple Mistflower I'm holding in the picture above.
Here's a skipper butterfly that, from a distance, appeared to be sipping nectar from the mistflower. As I got closer and saw that it wasn't moving, I started looking for the flower spider or ambush bug that I suspected was eating the butterfly. Take a close look at the ambush bug. These bugs just keep getting stranger!
I twisted the flower sideways for a better view of just what was going on beneath it.
This little Pyrausta tyralis moth got lucky; it chose the right side of the flowers.
These ambush bugs are not very big. These three all fit beside my fingertip with ample room to spare. Here they are a bit larger.