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Millipede assassin bugs

Ectrichodia crux

Notes:

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

12 Comments

Very appropriate common name!

RachaelB
RachaelB a year 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
MartinL a year ago

Rachael. This link shows an adult of E. crux. I think your is the same species http://www.insecta.co.za/insect/imagegal... 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
achmmad 2 years ago

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

RachaelB
RachaelB 2 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
ChunXingWong 2 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
Aaron_G 2 years ago

Good work, jumpingspiderman. Following your lead, I found this page: http://beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com/20... . Very interesting assassins!

RachaelB
RachaelB 2 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
KarenL 2 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 2 years ago

Great shot

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 2 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
LisaFP 2 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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