Subject:  Bug walks on 4 legs with two grabber appendages
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California USA
Date: 04/07/2021
Time: 12:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found This tiny bug in my bathroom, it’s a bit longer than a small ant. I initially thought was a spider, but it appears to be an insect possibly as it has 6 appendages, it walks on 4 and has two grabbers like spraying mantis. What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, David Holleman

Tread Legged Bug

Dear David,
This is an Assassin Bug in the subfamily Emesinae, the Thread Legged Bugs and there are several species on BugGuide listed in California, but the best we are able to provide with assurance is the subfamily identification.  BugGuide does support your observation by stating:  “Unlike walking-sticks and some dipterans they mimic, the Emesinae walk on the rear four legs — the front legs are modified for grasping prey.” Assassin Bugs are predators and some species are know to bite humans, so they should be handled with caution.

Thanks Daniel, I suspected it was possibly an assassin bug, but it didn’t look at all like the big ones that carry Chagas’ disease.
David
Location: Los Angeles, California

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