Invertebrate Pristhesancus plagipennis (Common Assassin Bug)

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Scientific Name: Pristhesancus plagipennis

Common Name(s): Common Assassin Bug

Other Names: generic (Assassin Bug)

Class: Insecta

Order: Hemiptera (true bugs)

Family: Reduviidae

Genus: Pristhesancus

Species: P. plagipennis

Distribution: Throughout Australia

Habitat: On foliage where suitable prey species are found. This individual on toxic Datura ferox eating Epilachna beetles.

Field Notes: Large bug ~25 mm. Duller colours than many assassin bugs. Stealthy mover. Drinks the juices of other insects and small animals. Assassin bugs can give a painful bite (technically a stabbing with the siphon like mouthparts).


Slurping down a 28 spot shake.



 

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Nice AP. I wnder why the younger ones are so much more brightly coloured. The adult are quite plain compared with other assassin bugs.
 

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A dead caterpiller dangling from a leaf.



Closer inspection reveals another type of assassin bug sucking the life from it.
 

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Not sure if this is the same species of assassin bug.
The ladybeetle was still kicking as I snapped this pic.
It must really suck to be an insect sometimes.
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The stab from these bugs hurts so much , i remember as a kid i was stabbed and it ached for hours
 
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