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assassin bug


Assassin bugs gain their sinister name from their habit of lying in ambush for their insect prey. With speed and precision, this bug injects its victim with a lethal toxin that dissolves tissue. Although many bugs use their sucking mouthparts for sipping plant juices, some have evolved as predators. When the food supply is limited, this insect will give up its ambush routine for a more active approach.


Spotted in a large semi-urban yard & garden near a disturbed patch of remnant forest in the equatorial tropics of northern New Guinea.

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MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks. Actually I am no expert on this group so I can't confidently answer your question. Sorry!

TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Aww. He is pretty. I've never seen an assassin bug that color. Do you think this little guy I found the other day is an assassin nymph?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks Everyone!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

What a uniquely colored assassin - and how brave of whomever to hold it! I have heard they can leave a pretty nasty bite.
Wonderful spotting and photos.

Latimeria 9 years ago

What a beauty! The assassin bugs never cease to blow me away.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Thanks All!

KarenL 9 years ago

Love this one!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Good idea - get someone else to hold the creature :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Nice shots.

Atul 9 years ago

nice colorful spotting!!

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier


Spotted on Jan 14, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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