Jagged Ambush Bug (Genus Phymata) — Having never seen or heard of these insects before, it took a little digging to find out what this was. The Jagged Ambush Bug’s legs are thick and shaped like those of a praying mantis — perfect for grabbing and holding prey. In the same family as assassin bugs (Reduviidae), they have a beak-like proboscis used to stab prey, inject venom, and inject enzymes to break down the prey into “bug soup” that they can then drink up. Photo by Tara Thomas on 7/20/17 in Missoula, MT.