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Thread-Legged Bug

Empicoris rubromaculatus


This particular insect spotting has been seen with a clutch of eggs. It is a lot smaller than other ones I have seen. I have set aside the eggs to see them hatch. Eggs are small and fluffy. They are about 4mm long. The bug is striped and had light colour down the abdomen. It is very cryptic in colouration and behaviour.


Spotted outside in a pile of wood


Previous: Stenolemus fraterculus Wygodzinsky Old Info: Although scarcely seen by most people this species is surprisingly common in the city and comes into the house at night on occasions though usually lives outdoors on dead twigs and vegetation. Order: Hemiptera Family: Reduviidae Size range Small size 8–10 mm. Distribution Self introduced from Australia Life History Predacious. Eats small insects Sometimes mistaken for a small mantid

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Thread-Legged Bug
Empicoris rubromaculatus

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NicholasConnop 7 years ago

Could be.

stho002 7 years ago

Looks somewhat more likely to be Empicoris rubromaculatus (nymph?), but impossible to be certain from photos

NicholasConnop 7 years ago

I have never actually witnessed an attack, though it would be very interesting to see. The slow movement of the A.B. would throw off other bugs as well. The actual bug was about 6-7mm long including the legs out in front, roughly. Not a lot is known about them, They aren't even on Wikipedia.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Great spotting Nicholas. What size are these? Do they specialise in spider assassinations like the ones over the ditch?
I'll look them up..

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Northland, New Zealand

Spotted on Jul 29, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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