The Jagged Ambush Bug’s forelegs 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.

Size: Males 8.1–9.2 mm, females 9.6–10.74 mm

Photo by: Cassy Geiser on 8/26/21 in Hamilton, MT