Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Denver
September 6, 2014 9:11 pm
Spotted this one in our kitchen. He seemed to closely match the color and texture of our light grey wall. Any guesses?
Signature: Chris

Masked Hunter

Masked Hunter

Hi Chris,
Better than a guess, we can assure you with 100% certainty that this is an immature Masked Hunter,
Reduvius personatus, a species of predatory Assassin Bug that has the unique ability to camouflage itself due to the stickiness of its exoskeleton that causes dust and debris to stick to the surface of the insect.  Nearly all reports we have of Masked Hunters are from household interiors, which causes us to believe that they have adapted to a life of cohabitation with humans, and since they will prey upon Bed Bugs and other undesirable household intruders, they are considered beneficial insects, though they might bite if provoked.

Location: Denver, Colorado

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