Subject:  Unknown beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Buderim, Queensland, Australia
Date: 12/29/2017
Time: 01:15 AM EDT
Can you identify this beetle please ?
How you want your letter signed:  Steve Ormerod

Common Assassin Bug

Dear Steve,
This is not a Beetle.  It is an Assassin Bug and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Common Assassin Bug,
Pristhesancus plagipennis, thanks to images posted to the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “As all other assassin bugs, Common Assassin Bugs have the long head with powerful proboscis. They use the powerful proboscis to puncture their prey. Their legs are long so that they have long attack distance. Adult bugs are brown in colour with transparent wings. Nymphs are dark brown to black with brightly orange abdomens.”  We would advise you not to attempt to handle Assassin Bugs.  They might bite.

Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for your prompt reply and your identification of this insect.  It is very much appreciated.
Kind regards,
Steve Ormerod

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Location: Buderim, Queensland, Australia

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