Subject: The Gambia
Location: Sami Pachonki, The Gambia, Africa
September 22, 2014 3:12 am
Found this sort of hemipteran looking bug in my garden one evening. He must be covered in some kind of fungus, but i’ve no idea what it is!
We agree that this looks like a Hemipteran, but we can be even more specific in our guess. This appears to be a True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, and it appears to be an immature individual. Though it appears to be infested with fungus, we would also like to propose another possibility. There is at least one species of Heteropteran that has a nymph that has a sticky exoskeleton that attracts lint and debris, effectively camouflaging the insect. That species is the Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug. We hope we are able to provide you with a more concise identification that is not based on pure speculation.