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Assassin Bug

Reduviidae

Description:

According to wikipedia: "Predatory Reduviidae use the long rostrum to inject a lethal saliva that liquefies the insides of the prey, which are then sucked out. The saliva contains enzymes that predigest the tissues they swallow."

Notes:

Found this assassin bug on the edge of our pool. In the following days after the spotting, I saw several more near the house. We did not see these last year, or any previous year near the pool, or near the house. The full body shot of the insect was taken as it walked along the edge of the pool. The featured headshot, I felt, gave the impression of some sort of attitude or personality. It is an amazing looking creature.


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2 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thanks for adding the information - it makes the spotting all the more interesting for the rest of us! :>)

Jimmie
Jimmie 5 years ago

Found this particular specimen on the edge of our pool. In the following days after the spotting, I saw several more near the house. We did not see these last year, or any previous year near the pool, or near the house.

The full body shot of the insect was taken as it walked along the edge of the pool. The featured headshot, I felt, gave the impression of some sort of attitude or personality. It also shows detail of the rostrum, which is used for feeding, and in some species, ejecting a spray of venom if provoked.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Nice spotting - could you please tell us why you featured the first photo and where you took the pictures?

Jimmie
Spotted by
Jimmie

Hominy, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.41, Long: -96.40

Spotted on Jun 4, 2014
Submitted on Jun 6, 2014

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