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Assassin bug

Vesbius purpureus

Description:

A as I call it Ferrari bug, due to the red, but actually it's an assassin bug. Awesome colour and very specific legs with knobs on it...

Habitat:

Garden

Notes:

Thanks to bayucca who did not give up and found the ID...great work!

12 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Welcome, Chun, always a pleasure to help!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thank you Bayucca (Dominik) for solving the problem to it's ID.
We can always count on you. ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Welcome! Bayucca is a word in a very old and forgotten lepidopterian language meaning "old man never gives up". OK, almost never ;-))
@Chun: now, you have your ID...

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 6 years ago

Bayucca, I bow my head , you're a great researcher, excellent work, thanks a lot!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

I agree with Bayucca because it has the characteristics of an assassin bug.
We have these here too but so far no ID was found.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

OK, got it...

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Take alook at this one frm India. Note the black head and shape and the "knotty" legs:
http://www.rocksea.org/assassin-bugs/
Same body and head shape, wrong color:
http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/ima...
I am still pretty sure it is a Reduviidae...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Interesting little lumps on legs ! a good-looking bug, indeed.

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 6 years ago

Dilemmas :)
More than 6 months ago I took the pic, each time I search something and see something black/red I am on total alert, but not a single match I have found.
I think it's not an assassin bug, are they not supposed to ambush their prey? Would be difficult with that Ferrari red... :)
I hope someone comes up with the solution. Thanks anyway for your input.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

No, probably not a nymph. I have checked Pyrrhocoridae and did not found any picture of one with this special head shape and legs. Unfortunately I did not find any reasonable match for Reduviidae neither. Same result for Alydidae (usually other and thicker legs). I am still sceptic about Pyrrhocoridae and not more happy with Reduviidae...

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Looks for me at first sight rather as a Reduviidae, Assassin Bug, maybe nymph. What do you think?

JoeHartman
Spotted by
JoeHartman

จังหวัดอุดรธานี, Thailand

Lat: 17.23, Long: 103.28

Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Oct 13, 2013

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