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Broad-headed Bug Nymph

Broad-headed Bug Nymph
Blue Mountain/Deer Park, Olympic National Park, Clallam County, Washington, USA
Size: 10mm approximately
This Broad-headed Bug nymph was carrying prey around for some time. My best guess is some very small pupa, but the photos don't tell much. It's possible that the bug had more than one food item, but as far as we could tell, it carried the prey around.

The bug was waving it's abdomen back and forth and waving one hind leg. Given the two big, black spots, we thought it looked like it was mimicking an ant, but from the rear.

Watching this whole scene and following the bug warily was a female Habronattus americanus female.

Here's a page with video of what I took to be mimicking behavior. This replaces a link that I've removed.
http://onh.eugraph.com/insects/bugs/bhbn

See also this nymph, from another part of the same ridge system:

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