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Banded Assassin Bug

Pselliopus cinctus


Through the viewfinder, I didn't see the small orb-weaver (out of focus, pics #1-2) on the twig. The bug was actually getting ready to pounce. Although it was incredibly fast, the spider got away. Bug measured about 15mm in length, with orange protonum and hemelytra; rest of the body was pale with black bands.


Found in 'El Cimatario', a national park in semi-arid area just outside the city. The rainy season is now in full swing and many animals are venturing out.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks for the support, Brian, Christine, and Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Congratulations Felix! Fantastic series!

Brian38 4 years ago

Congrats Felix! Exceptional series!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you, Sergio and Rob!

triggsturner 4 years ago

Congratulations on your 3rd placing Felix.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

Congratulations Felix.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thank you so much!

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Felix, this great action shot came third in our 2017 Best Wildlife Photo competition, Arthropods category:

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Thank you, Rob. Much appreciated.

triggsturner 5 years ago

Nice one Felix! Congratulations on your SOTW.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Wow, thanks you so much for the SOTW! And everyone's kind words and support! Surely made my day.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Never thought I'd support impending doom but couldn't help it with your photo being so good !

Congratulations Felix .

KostasZontanos 5 years ago

Congratulations Felix!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

Congratulations Felix!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Felix, this great series has been voted Spotting of the Week!

"Watch a Banded Assassin Bug (Pselliopus cinctus) pounce on a spider in our Spotting of the Week! The spider did get away. Pselliopus is a genus of assassin bugs (family Reduviidae) restricted to the New World, with most species found in Mexico. This assassin bug is part of a series of spottings contributed by Project Noah member Felix Fleck from the Parque Nacional El Cimatario in Mexico. Check them out!"



Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Thanks for the nomination, Ashley!
And Leuba for the kind words. Both much appreciated.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Great action shot Felix - I can almost feel the stabber !

AshleyT 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Thanks you very much for your kind words, Maria, Chun, and Brian.

Brian38 5 years ago

Amazing Felix.

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Amazing how the spider and the assassin bug have the same coloration!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Nice series!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Querétaro, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 23, 2017
Submitted on Jul 28, 2017

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