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Assassin Bug

Pselliopus spp.


Less than l/4" in size. Spiky. Head is somewhat flat with elongated neck. Eyes are round and protrude. Front legs are sharply spiked and end in hooks. Antenna are at the front of the upper "jaw". Extending from and slung below the lower "jaw" is what appears to be a probiscus. Back of organism is somewhat triangular in shape and top is spiked. Appears to have very small wings. Stiff hair on legs.


Spotted in backyard garden on Coneflower.


This organism is VERY hard to photograph! It reminds me of the Jagged Ambush Bugs that live on the Black-Eyed Susans.

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002 10 years ago
Assassin bug

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Kyle A
Kyle A 10 years ago

This looks like genus Sinea. See the the links provided.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

This is a thread legged bug, Family Reduviidae, Subfamily Emesinae. You can find more info in sites like BugGuide (

ElaineWebb 10 years ago

Thank you stho002!

stho002 10 years ago

It is an immature nymph

Spotted by

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Aug 23, 2013

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