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Feather legged assassin bug

Ptilocnemus

Description:

These insects are nymphs. Assassin bugs are predators on other arthropods. Feather legged assassin bugs feed on ants.

Habitat:

Found under bark


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13 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thank you all for your comments.
Thanks Ashley, Lori, Mark, Daniele, Jason, Medusa and James.

These two immature bugs produce phermones that attract ants.
The enlarged 'leg warmers' are dispensers of the chemicals.
Ants are their food source.

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Wonderful. Nice spotting Martin! Congrats on SOTD

medusasnakes123
medusasnakes123 3 years ago

WOOOAH those are cool :)

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 3 years ago

Congrats Martin!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Martin! These are just awesome.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Congrats Martin.

lori.tas
lori.tas 3 years ago

Great photos Martin. I got a photo of one once, but nowhere near as good as these. Assassin bug are crazy.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

Congrats on another SOTD with these feathery little guys, Martin!

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MartinL
MartinL 3 years ago

Thanks Venus, Mark, Leanne, Dr.Sherpa.
These two were with an adult which I will share next...

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Never seen such deadly assasins, Martin! Fantastic spotting!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 3 years ago

They're gorgeous!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

That's looking good for winter. :)

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 3 years ago

Whoa...creepy

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.49, Long: 144.59

Spotted on Aug 2, 2015
Submitted on Aug 2, 2015

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