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Assassin Bug

Runcinia flavida


I wonder if this grass spider creeping up behind the assassin bug means to attack! Unfortunately didn't see it till I got it on the computer, so I missed the action! Adult insects often range from 4 to 40 mm. They most commonly have an elongated head with a distinct narrowed neck, long legs, and a prominent, segmented tube for feeding (rostrum). Most species are dark in color with hues of brown, black, red, or orange.


Savanna grassland and scrub


Kate, this was seen at our butterfly spot down the road behind Education center.

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KateBraun 4 years ago

The spider has been identified as Runcinia flavida by Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman.

pamsai 7 years ago

thank you Mark. It was really a very colourful bug. Pity I didn't notice the grass spider creeping up behind it until I put it on the computer. I would have checked back after some time!

KateBraun 7 years ago

Locality: -26.183834,32.009082

RobThacker 7 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Fabulous shots Pam. (St Francis of Assissin?)

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Lubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Apr 19, 2014
Submitted on May 3, 2014


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