Can you please identify this?
Location: Toronto Ontario Canada
July 7, 2011 8:27 pm
Hi Bugman. I have seen three of these in the past three years in Toronto Ontario Canada in the summer months. Do you know what it is? It looks like a spider but has 6 legs… it also looks like a piece of fluff but has antenna and a jerky walking style. I found one in my house in the basement, one outside on the back deck, and one in someone else’s house across town. It is about 1/4” long. I am really curious!
We have always believed that if there is going to be text in a photo, it should count. Your use of the word “Umbra” is poetic. This is a Masked Hunter, a species of Assassin Bug with a sticky body. Dust and debris clings to the immature Masked Hunter and very effectively camouflages it in its environment. Masked Hunters are frequently associated with human dwellings and they are rumored to relish Bed Bugs, hence a common name Masked Bed Bug Hunter. If we ever did another calendar, your photo would be a strong contender both because it is an awesome photo, but also because we receive so many identification requests for Masked Hunters.