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Banded Assassin Bug

Pselliopus cinctus


Through the viewfinder, I didn't see the small orb-weaver (out of focus, pics #1-2) on the twig. The bug was actually getting ready to pounce. Although it was incredibly fast, the spider got away. Bug measured about 15mm in length, with orange protonum and hemelytra; rest of the body was pale with black bands.


Found in 'El Cimatario', a national park in semi-arid area just outside the city. The rainy season is now in full swing and many animals are venturing out.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 months ago

Thanks for the support, Brian, Christine, and Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 months ago


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 months ago

Congratulations Felix! Fantastic series!

Brian38 6 months ago

Congrats Felix! Exceptional series!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 months ago

Thank you, Sergio and Rob!

triggsturner 6 months ago

Congratulations on your 3rd placing Felix.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 months ago

Congratulations Felix.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 months ago

Thank you so much!

DanielePralong 6 months ago

Congratulations Felix, this great action shot came third in our 2017 Best Wildlife Photo competition, Arthropods category:

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Thank you, Rob. Much appreciated.

triggsturner 10 months ago

Nice one Felix! Congratulations on your SOTW.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 10 months ago

Wow, thanks you so much for the SOTW! And everyone's kind words and support! Surely made my day.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 months ago

Never thought I'd support impending doom but couldn't help it with your photo being so good !

Congratulations Felix .

KostasZontanos 10 months ago

Congratulations Felix!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 10 months ago

Congratulations Felix!

DanielePralong 10 months ago

Congratulations Felix, this great series has been voted Spotting of the Week!

"Watch a Banded Assassin Bug (Pselliopus cinctus) pounce on a spider in our Spotting of the Week! The spider did get away. Pselliopus is a genus of assassin bugs (family Reduviidae) restricted to the New World, with most species found in Mexico. This assassin bug is part of a series of spottings contributed by Project Noah member Felix Fleck from the Parque Nacional El Cimatario in Mexico. Check them out!"



Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Thanks for the nomination, Ashley!
And Leuba for the kind words. Both much appreciated.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 months ago

Great action shot Felix - I can almost feel the stabber !

AshleyT 11 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Thanks you very much for your kind words, Maria, Chun, and Brian.

Brian38 11 months ago

Amazing Felix.

ChunXingWong 11 months ago

Amazing how the spider and the assassin bug have the same coloration!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 months ago

Nice series!

Querétaro, Mexico

Lat: 20.53, Long: -100.36

Spotted on Jul 23, 2017
Submitted on Jul 28, 2017

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