Insect identification please

Asked August 30, 2017, 2:51 AM EDT

Hi there! I live in the Crooked River Grasslands and took the attached images on August 17th of this year. This sweet little specimen was found hanging out on my chocolate mint, on the flower. I tried searching and asking around about this guy without any luck. I thought it might be a nymph of some kind but really didn't know how to go searching for it. I haven't seen another one like it, either. It was very small.

Jefferson County Oregon beneficial insects insect identification ambush bugs

1 Response

Thank you for attaching the excellent images to your inquiry. The insect is an adult ambush bug, a predator insect which hides among leaves and/or flowers while waiting to ambush its prey.

For more information, see “Beneficial Insects , Spiders, and other Mini-Creatures in Your Garden” (http://extension.wsu.edu/publications/pubs/em067e/), also page 16 of “Common Natural Enemies of Crop and Garden Plants” (https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1613_0.pdf).