Immature Sycamore Assassin Bug

Orange Spiky Bug
July 7, 2010
Hi, here’s an interesting one! This spiny, orange bug was attached to our dogs coat when she came in from the yard-lot’s of woods here in middle GA (Mid July-summer). It looked half dead when we plucked it off her fur and put it on the table for closer inspection. The small strands of dog hair seemed to be tripping him up quite a bit, he was moving sooo slowly. When he finally managed to untangle himself he bolted, ran clear to the edge of the table and jumped! It was incredible! We would like to know what this magnificent little specimen is called so we can learn more about him. Thanks so much!
Middle Georgia

Sycamore Assassin Bug nymph

Hi Courtney,
This is an immature Assassin Bug in the genus
Pselliopus, called a Sycamore Assassin Bug, and you may compare your image to photographs posted to BugGuide.  Assassin Bugs are predators with piercing/sucking mouthparts that should be handled with caution as they might bite.

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