Currently viewing the category: "Assassin Bugs"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: A bug I had not met…
Location: Puerto Escondido Mexico
December 1, 2016 11:48 am
Hello, are you able to tell me what type of bug this is? We found him in our porch today while on holiday in Mexico (in early December)
Thanks
Signature: David

Kissing Bug

Kissing Bug

Dear David,
You should exercise caution in your encounters with this Blood-Sucking Conenose Bug or Kissing Bug in the genus
Triatoma, a group that is connected to the spread of Chagas Disease, especially in the tropics.  According to the Central Washington University site:  “Triatoma (Reduviidae: Triatominae), are blood sucking insects that transmit the single-celled parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae), which infects mammals, including humans, throughout much of Latin America.”  Though humans are not the primary host for Kissing Bugs, when other hosts, especially rodents are not available, human blood provides a ready substitute.  Based on image on the Central Washington University site, your individual might be  Triatoma longipennis.

Thanks very much!
All the best
David

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: This has bitten my daughter. Is it a type of Assasian Bug?
Location: Canberra, Australia
December 5, 2016 11:45 pm
Hello, thank you so much for your help in advance. This has just bitten my young daughter on her wrist. It’s left a red bite that has swollen into a huge welt very fast. She certainly screamed and screamed so it must have been very painful.
I think it is a type of Assasian Bug but I’m not quite sure. If it is .. is that dangerous? Ive given her some bite cream to use and an antihistamine tablet.
We live in Canberra, Australia.
Thank you
Signature: Fiona Crispin

Ground Assassin Bug

Ground Assassin Bug

Dear Fiona,
This is indeed a Ground Assassin Bug,
Ectomocoris patricius, a species we identified on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “We found those orange and black assassin bugs running very fast on forest floor. This bug will bite if handle by bare hand. The insect has very strong front pair legs. All its legs are orange in colour. Its orange colour body and black pattern are the standard assassin bug warning colours. ”  This appears to be a wingless female.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: what’s that bug
Location: tx
December 4, 2016 5:23 pm
I was wondering what this bug is it stings an hurts like hell it has green legs all most like grass hopper an a body almost like wasp it leaves a welp that turns into red dot
Signature: Angela Clem

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Dear Angela,
This is a beneficial, predatory Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus, probably a Leafhopper Assassin Bug.  Assassin Bugs do not sting.  They have mouths designed to pierce and suck, so you were bitten, not stung. Though it is painful, the bite if a Leafhopper Assassin Bug is not considered dangerous.

Assassin Bug Bite

Assassin Bug Bite

 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Atlanta (wooded area)
December 1, 2016 3:15 pm
I found this super scary bug on my car during the summer. I haven’t seen one since and it still bothers me that I don’t know what it is. I’m terrified of bugs and I was too afraid to kill it.
Can you help distinguish what kind it is?
Thanks!
Signature: Cass

Wheel Bug Nymph

Wheel Bug Nymph

Dear Cass,
This is an immature Wheel Bug, a species of beneficial Assassin Bug.  While they might bite a person if carelessly handled, Wheel Bugs are not aggressive towards humans and a bite, while potentially painful, is not considered dangerous.  Adult Wheel Bugs are much more formidable looking than the considerably smaller nymphs.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Identification needed
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
November 22, 2016 12:29 pm
My daughter-in-law was taking out her xmas stuff and this bug was among her decorations.
Signature: Thank you. Tammy

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Dear Tammy,
This is a predatory Masked Hunter, a species with a sticky exoskeleton that accumulates dust and debris, effectively camouflaging or masking the Masked Hunter in its environment.  Though they are beneficial, also being credited with preying upon Bed Bugs, Masked Hunters are capable of biting humans, so they should be handled with caution to avoid a potentially painful, but not dangerous bite.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: New Bug
Location: Penang, Malaysia
November 24, 2016 6:07 am
Hey Bugman,
Thanks for all your help! Here’s another bug I’ve found but can’t identify. The jungles of Malaysia have so many different types of bugs!
Thanks!
Signature: Jon

Immature Assassin Bug

Immature Assassin Bug

Dear Jon,
This is an immature True Bug in the suborder Heteroptera, and we feel very confident it is a predatory Assassin Bug nymph because of its resemblance to this North American species.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination