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Sycamore Assassin Bug

Pselliopus barberi


A beautiful specimen of P. barberi. Or it could be P. cinctus. The species do look similar and overlap in their ranges slightly. Just in time for the spooky month, this bright orange guy belongs to the assassin bugs. They use their needle like mouths to pierce insects and inject enzymes that liquify bugs to be slurped up like a bug smoothie. This species in particular is attracted to feeding on flowering seeking insects. This guy is due for a nap as eggs hatch in the Spring and the nymphs reach adulthood by September before overwintering.


Native to much of the Eastern and Southeastern US.

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The GeoDex
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Independence, Kansas, United States

Spotted on Oct 2, 2020
Submitted on Oct 2, 2020

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