Thread-Legged Bug from Canada

Subject: Thread Legged Bug?
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
November 4, 2016 10:50 am
I found this curious little guy in the mens washroom at my work in Coquitlam, British Columbia, in November. I had never seen anything like it, how it walked on 4 legs and carried its small front two similar to a mantis. A bit of research online, and I think I’ve narrowed it down to a thread-legged bug, but not sure of the species. Can’t find any reference to any in BC, and none of my books mention any thead-legged bugs.
Signature: Chris Doughty

Thread-Legged Bug
Thread-Legged Bug

Dear Chris,
We agree that this is a Thread-Legged Bug, one of the Assassin Bugs in the subfamily Emesinae, and our best guess is that it is in the genus
Empicoris.  According to BugGuide the range is:  “much of the US and so. Canada; many spp. in Eurasia.”  Of the three species identified on BugGuide, only Empicoris rubromaculatus is reported in British Columbia.

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