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Assassin Bug

Runcinia flavida

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Savanna grassland and scrub

Notes:

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

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5 Comments

KateBraun
KateBraun 4 years ago

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

pamsai
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
KateBraun 7 years ago

Locality: -26.183834,32.009082

RobThacker
RobThacker 7 years ago

Stunning

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Fabulous shots Pam. (St Francis of Assissin?)

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Lubombo, Swaziland

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

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