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Masked Hunter Nymph

Reduvius personatus

Description:

This little jumping dust bunny has antennae and I think 6 legs. Our 4-year-old found them on his shoe. It is a Masked Hunter Nymph and will likely grow to be about 20 mm. The nymphs have sticky goo that coverts their bodies and use their back legs and a tarsal fan to stick dirt all over themselves. They like to eat bed bugs and other tiny critters.

Habitat:

Dust in the front porch

Notes:

The adults can give a bite comparable to a bee sting.

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3 Comments

suzmonk
suzmonk 5 years ago

Pure luck. I happened to have read all about Masked Hunters last week when I was talking with a spotter from Denmark. Small world, innit?

Thank you so much Suzanne ( I am starting to think of you as my own personal Ranger :) )

suzmonk
suzmonk 5 years ago

Hey, weirdly enough, I know what that is ... it came up with another spotter awhile back. It's called a Masked Hunter, a kind of assassin bug. The immature insects have a sticky surface that collects dust and lint, masking them ...

Torrington, Wyoming, USA

Lat: 42.06, Long: -104.18

Spotted on Aug 2, 2013
Submitted on Aug 2, 2013

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