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Ectrichodia crux
Hi Bugman
I have noticed these assasin bugs feasting on a milipede on my farm in Pretoria ,South Africa . We live on a rocky outcrop of the Magalies mountain range at 1400m (4500ft)above mean sea level. The fotos were taken on the 5th January 2008 (mid summer) around 10AM with a Canon EOS 400D camera. I thought you may be interested in these fotos.
Kind Regards
Arend van de Wetering

Hi Arend,
Thanks for providing us with additional photo documentation of the Millipede Assassin Bugs, Ectrichodia crux, communally feeding on a large Millipede.

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6 Responses to Millipede Assassin Bugs from South Africa

  1. mfort001 says:


    This image holds high scientific value and I would like to discuss this with you, as well as copyrights. If you could please contact me at mfort001@ucr.edu, I will provide you with more details.

    Best regards,
    Michael Forthman

    • bugman says:

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your interest. The copyright for this image remains with the photographer, Arend van de Wetering, though What’s That Bug? reserves the right to publish it on our website and other What’s That Bug? authorized publications. We are no longer in contact with Mr. van de Wetering, though we can try to search our archives for contact information. Please provide details.

  2. mfort001 says:

    Hello, because this is part of an ongoing scientific research project, I cannot disclose details over a public forum. Please contact me at the e-mail provided for details.

  3. Lollie Venter says:

    I recently photographed the millipede assassins eating a millipede. I also made a video of it. I do not want to bug you with information if you are not interested.

    Lollie Venter
    Eastern Cape
    South Africa

  4. Bugman

    i curious to know what eats the millipede assasin bug ?
    i have recently found many millipedes being devoured by the assasin bug babies. They are especially visible on the paving after a rain storm.
    I live in Gauteng. I have never such an aggressive bug before.

    thank you
    Elizabeth R

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