Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
June 21, 2011 3:20 pm
Greetings from Dominican Republic. A friend of mine send me your website to clarify my search of what’s that bug?
Yesterday I was at my new home and I found this small insect standing on the floor opening his legs in a curious an funny way. Can you please tell me many things on this bug. Thanks on advance.
Signature: Alejandro (Dominican Republic)
We do not recognize the species, but we can tell you that this insect is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae. Most Assassin Bugs are predators on other insects and arthropods, hence they are considered beneficial insects. A very small percentage of Assassin Bugs, most notably the Blood Sucking Conenose Bugs in the genus Triatoma, take blood from warm blooded prey like mammals and occasionally humans. Your Assassin Bug is not a Blood Sucking Conenose. We can speculate that it is a beneficial species.