Masked Hunter

Subject: What kind of beetle is this
Location: Rochester NY
August 5, 2016 6:58 am
I found this in my house under my curtain an it flew as I tried to knock it down to catch it, what is this!?
Signature: Tracy

Masked Hunter
Masked Hunter

Dear Tracy,
This is a Masked Hunter,
Reduvius personatus, a species of Assassin Bug that gets its common name because the immature nymphs are sticky and attract all manner of lint and debris that effectively camouflages or masks them in their surroundings.  They are frequently found in homes where they prey upon many undesirable Household Pests, including cockroaches and bed bugs.  Though it is considered t be a beneficial predator that poses no threat to humans, Masked Hunters should be handled with caution as they are able to inflict a painful bite.  You can compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.  Introduced from Europe.”

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