Subject: Is this an assasin bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Meani NSW (2234)
Time: 08:00 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This bit my wife on the finger when she grabbed it accidentally, attempting to cut the flower. Had a sharp pain for the next few minutes, but it subsided. This is now about 30 hours later and the area is warm, and she feels numbness and tingling.
Is this an assasin bug? does she need medical help?
How you want your letter signed: Menai Resident
Dear Menai Resident,
This is indeed an immature Assassin Bug and it appears to be an immature Common Assassin Bug, Pristhesancus plagipennis, that is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site. While the bite of most Assassin Bugs will only produce a local reaction, individual reactions may differ due to allergies and other factors. We are not qualified to dispense medical advice, but considering the time that has elapsed, it might be wise to consider seeing a specialist.