Assasin Bug ?

Could any tell me if this is an assassin bug? I was weeding my garden and it appeared!

Yours in good growing,



4 Responses to Assasin Bug ?

  1. Anthony Job December 13, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Jeannine

    It looks very much like an Assassin Bug.

  2. jeanninedavidoff December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks Anthony. Do you know much about them, when i googled assassin bug, hundreds of different variations came up in the images.

  3. jeanninedavidoff December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I went to Wikipedia and found the following:
    Reduviidae (from the contained genus, Reduvius which comes from the Latin reduvia meaning hangnail or remnant) is a large, cosmopolitan family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs (genera include Melanolestes, Platymeris, Pselliopus, Rasahus, Reduvius, Rhiginia, Sinea, Triatoma, and Zelus), wheel bugs (Arilus cristatus), and thread-legged bugs (the subfamily Emesinae, including the genus Emesaya). There are about 7000 species altogether, making it one of the largest families in the Hemiptera.

  4. rjpretor January 6, 2012 at 1:58 am #


    This is not an assasin. It is a bug in the family Pyrrhocoridae – they are plant feeding.

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