Subject: SE QLD Ant?
Location: South East Queensland, Australia
March 14, 2014 12:21 am
Hi, found this out the back of my house in South-East Queensland, Australia. What is it? It bit me, hurt like hell but no lump or swelling.
This Assassin Bug gets its common family name from its hunting habits. Assassin Bugs creep up on their prey, often times stabbing them in the back with that formidable proboscis, and then suck them dry. At this time, luckily humans don’t have such predators. We believe your bite was the result of a chance encounter that found you on the receiving end of an unpleasant experience. The bite will have no lasting ill effects. The one genus of Assassin Bugs that are considered a health threat are the Kissing Bugs of the New World. They suck human blood and spread Chagas Disease. We will attempt to research your species at a later date.