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Assassin bug

Rhynocoris erythropus


Assassin bugs are a carnivorous insect attacking with a deadly rostrum (mouth part) which injects venomous saliva through the exoskeleton of their insect prey, liquifying their insides so that they may be ingested. The legs and body have a number of sticky hairs which help them to hold on to their prey whilst attacking and feeding. The black and orange warning colouration helps to warn of possible predators.

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Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 13, 2011
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012

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