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Common Assassin Bug

Pristhesancus plagipennis


Large Reduviid of about 25mm body length. Brown in colour, towards yellow on the head, and darker on thorax and leg bands; Abdomen is convex and wings are translucent with a triangular brown patch. The slender elongated head has a distinct 'neck' and long elbowed antennae, and a strong rostrum with which to pierce the victims shell, in this case a Green Jewel Bug (Lampromicra senator). However, the bug goes for the soft parts between the body segments (picture #3).


Found among foliage on the banks of the Norman River. Clusters of the Green Jewel Bug were on the leaves and the bug was hunting them.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Thank you, DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 11 months ago

Wow Felix!

QLD, Australia

Lat: -17.66, Long: 141.09

Spotted on May 11, 2009
Submitted on Jun 30, 2017

Spotted for mission

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