Subject: Bug id
Location: Sydney australia
January 26, 2016 10:29 pm
I was bitten/stung by this not long ago in Sydney and was wondering what it is and what issues that come with the bite if any hurt like hell at the time has settled not buy is still painful 20 mins later. As u can see in the photos 3 stings in a row across a short area
Signature: Thanks Mark
This is an Assassin Bug and its aposomatic or warning coloration is appropriate. There is not enough detail in your image to make a definite species ID. This might be a Ground Assassin Bug, but a quick glance at Brisbane Insects reveals that there are many red and black Assassin Bugs in Australia. Your individual appears to be wingless, and it might be a wingless species or it might be an immature nymph. Some species of Assassin Bugs are more inclined to bite than others, and Assassin Bugs in the genus Triatoma, known as Kissing Bugs, feed on the blood of warm blooded creatures, including humans.