Subject: Very odd looking bug
Geographic location of the bug: Council Bluffs, IA
Time: 11:40 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Found this guy on my front door mid last summer. I’m getting better at identifying, but this one has me stumped..
How you want your letter signed: Wendy Starrett
This is a predatory Assassin Bug in the family Reduviidae, and we believe it is a Spined Assassin Bug in the genus Sinea, possibly Sinea diadema which is pictured on BugGuide. The folded antennae are quite unusual. We will attempt to get a second opinion.
Eric Eaton Confirms:
Yes, Sinea sp. in typical “you can’t see me, I’m dried-up foliage” pose. LOL! …
I appreciate your reply! After a little searching of images of Sinea diadema I tend to agree. Some of the photos I saw showed partially folded antennae.