Subject: What’s this bug
Geographic location of the bug: Pilbara, West Australia
Time: 08:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi I got bitten on the neck by this bug today, It was quite painful for about an hour, can you please help identify it.
How you want your letter signed: Bitten on the neck
Dear Bitten on the neck,
This is a predatory Assassin Bug. Though members of one group commonly called Kissing Bugs feed on mammalian blood and are known to bite humans, this is not one of those. Most Assassin Bugs feed on other insects, but some species will bite readily if provoked, handled carelessly, or accidentally encountered when they get trapped in clothing. Your individual looks exactly like one represented in a prior posting to our site, and that encounter also resulted in a bite.