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Genus Phymata - Jagged Ambush Bugs

Jagged Ambush Bug - Phymata fasciata Phymatinae - Phymata fasciata An ambush bug - Phymata americana Unknown insect - Phymata americana Phymata pennsylvanica - male Jagged Ambush Bug on Scale-Broom - Phymata pacifica Ambush Bug - Phymata Phymata americana? - Phymata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Phymatinae (Ambush Bugs)
Genus Phymata (Jagged Ambush Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
erosa species-group revised in (1)
Explanation of Names
Phymata Latreille 1802
21 spp. in our area, ~110 total(1)
Scutellum triangular and shorter than pronotum, protarsi small but distinct(2)(3)
obsolete key to spp. in (4)
key to two eastern spp. in (5)
key to 5 spp. present or likely to occur in AL in (6)
widely dist. in NA; most diverse in w/sw US(1)
typically on flowers in open/semi-open habitats
small insects and other arthropods
Life Cycle
"Coupling may involve several males riding around on a single female. Sometimes it allows them to take down larger prey, although coupling individuals have been found each with their own prey as well. Mating occurs with the male mounted on the side of the female" (comment by drswanny).

Eggs · nymph · final molt · adults (coupling) · adults (mating)
Works Cited
1.Taxonomic revision of the Nearctic erosa species group of Phymata Latreille, 1802 (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Phymatinae)
Masonick P., Weirauch C. 2020. Can. J. Arthropod Identification 41: 90 pp.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
4.Revision of Phymatinae (Hemiptera, Phymatidae)
Kormilev N. 1960. Philippine J. Sci. 89: 287-486.
5.A review of the ambush bugs (Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Phymatinae) of Michigan: identification and additional considerations...
Swanson D.R. 2013. Great Lakes Entomol. 46: 154-164.
6.The Reduviidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) of Alabama, with a morphological key to species
Clem C.S., Swanson D.R., Ray C.H. 2019. Zootaxa 4688: 151–198.