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Assassin Bug


Dark brown/grey beetle measuring around 20mm length. 1/2 dozen distinct plate-like markings on the abdomen.


Clay soil. Photographed making an escape onto a gravel road!

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Mr.Swift 8 years ago

martinl - yes, both very similar to this. Differences I would note would be in colour and proportion and shape of abdomen. Mine is definitely brown with no sheen. The abdomen of the black assassin bug appears to turn up around the edges - the abdomen of this brown assassin bug has a consistently round contour.
I'm in no doubt now that it's an assassin bug of some kind - I'd like a more exact ID on species.

MartinL 8 years ago

My Swift. That's a great pic. I found one similar under a log in Victoria.
The link shows a similar Black Ground Assassin Bug and that is what I think your bug is.

Mr.Swift 8 years ago

Thanks LaurenZarate - I just Googled "Assassin Bug" and saw a few which look similar, but no exact match - yet. Will keep searching.

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

This might be an Assassin bug nymph of the Family Reduviidae.

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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on Nov 4, 2012

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