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Insect identification
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)

Assassin Bug

Hi Alejandro,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Dominican Republic

2 Responses to Assassin Bug from Dominican Republic

  1. drswanny says:

    This is a species of Stenopoda (Stenopodainae). A widespread species known from the Caribbean, Stenopoda cinerea, is probably the identity of this assassin.

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