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Millipede assassin bugs

Ectrichodia crux


Looks like these could be the same bug. The bright red are the nymphs and the black/orange ones are the adults.

1 species ID suggestions

Millipede assassin bugs
Subfamily Ectrichodiinae


Very appropriate common name!

RachaelB 3 years ago

Wow you have great spotting eyes, I had not seen the mite in the photo! Makes sense now looking at the wings that they are not yet fully developed. Thanks.

MartinL 3 years ago

Rachael. This link shows an adult of E. crux. I think your is the same species It has small (and possibly functional) wings. The largest ones in your image are, in my opinion not yet adults as they have wing buds only. Did you notice one with a mite(?) on its back?

achmmad 3 years ago

Wait for the ID and finally ... Yeah, amazing creature you've found!

RachaelB 3 years ago

Thanks everyone. I've just been reading that site too Goody about Ectrichodia crux. They look a bit different but as Chun says they might be at a different stage of maturity.

ChunXingWong 3 years ago

As what Goody says, the bugs might be under the same species because most of the Heteropteran bugs change in appearance as they matures.

Aaron_G 3 years ago

Good work, jumpingspiderman. Following your lead, I found this page: . Very interesting assassins!

RachaelB 3 years ago

Thanks everyone, I've added it to the hunters mission but might wait and see if they are the same species before I add them to the second mission! They do look very similar so Goody might be right.

KarenL 3 years ago

Fantastic capture!
You should add this to the Hunters & animal food habits, & Interaction between different species of arthropod missions!

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Great shot

Aaron_G 3 years ago

I'm not 100% sure, but my guess is that the nymphs are the same species, just different instars. That's a really interesting photo for sure. :-)

LisaFP 3 years ago

OH....weird looking! Never seen that!

Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Lat: -25.43, Long: 31.45

Spotted on Jan 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 3, 2012

Spotted for mission

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