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Red Beetle Bug
June 5, 2010
I found this beetle in my back yard on Maui today and have never seen it before. Can you tell me what kind of beetle bug it is?
Rachael Ray
Waikapu, Maui

Assassin Bug

Hi Rachael,
WE received another image of this Assassin Bug a few months ago, and this is what Entomologist Frank Howarth from the Hawaii Biological Survey had to say:  “The bug is the assassin bug, Haematoloecha rubescens Distant, 1883 (family Reduviidae).  This species arrived in Hawaii in the 1970s from tropical Asia probably as a stowaway.  It is apparently a specialist predator of millipedes, especially the alien flat-back millipedes (family Paradoxosomatidae).

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