Rainforest Bug – Glossy Orange Black
Location: Loreto, Peru
May 4, 2012 9:54 am
This interesting bug was photographed from canoe on a treetrunk about 2ft above flooded forest water level on Apr 3, 2012 in early evening. In flooded jungle surrounding Tahuayo River (a few hours upstream from Iquitos). Any help identifying would be appreciated.
Signature: Wayne Godbehere
This is an Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae, and its bright aposomatic (warning) coloration is so distinctive, we figured it would not be too difficult to identify. Within minutes, we matched it to photos of Calliclopius negripes, commonly called Bee Killers. Your individual is a nymph based on its undeveloped wings. The black front legs and red hind legs as well as the white antennae are very distinctive features. The first matching image we found was on FlickR, and it showed a black winged adult, but it was identified as the genus Calliclopius. Additional searching produced an image of nymphs on Michael Lustbader Photography where the species name was indicated.
Thank-you so much… I was having no luck searching for this one… I have been able to identify many of my other insect shots from the trip, but still searching for some (and still sorting through 3000 photos)….