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Assassin Bugs

Reduviidae, Stenopoda spinulosa


When I saw this creature I did not know what to make of it!! It did not jump as a cricket would, it did not fly like a mantis would and that snout? it tucks in under it's head, whenever it wants it to??

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002 8 years ago
Assassin bug
family Reduviidae

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Thanks, venusflytrap2000... : )

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

nice one, gilma =)

Thank you, stho002.

LivanEscudero, the link shows one that looks just like mine but I will work on it a bit more...Sorry about all the spelling mistakes!! wish PN had a way to edit the comments.... : (

Thank you so much, LivanEscudero and martinl for all that information, I will give all a try and hope I get some kind of ID.
The high winds right now at blowing all this creatures to my home and gardens, I am sure they belong in the tree.

MartinL 8 years ago

I agree with all that Livan says. I vote for Reduviidae. I also notice it holds its forelegs forward and together as orb spiders do.

LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Looks very much like Stenopoda spinulosa, but don't know if it ranges to Costa Rica. See here:
You may want to look through Stenopoda sps. In the area.
Hope this helps.

LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Also may be a nymph, I see small wing buds.

LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Well, this is most definitely a true bug, with some kind of dry leaf camouflage, it seems. That " tuck-under beak straw " ia a giveaway for bug. Now just guessing, it looks like something in the Superfamily Coreoidea - Leatherbugs
or maybe some kind of Assassin Bug (Family Reduviidae)

Costa Rica

Spotted on Mar 3, 2014
Submitted on Mar 4, 2014

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