Assassin Bugs (Family Reduviidae)

by Jeffrey S. Pippen | Back to Jeff's Miscellaneous Invertebrates Page | Jeff's Nature Pages

Assassin Bugs are predatory on insects and other invertebrates. Some can deliver a painful bite when handled.
Zelus luridus Lurid Assassin Bug (Zelus luridus)
Brunswick Co., NC
30 Aug 2008

Milkweed Assassin (Zelus longipes) Milkweed Assassin (Zelus longipes)
Croatan NF, Craven Co., NC
12 Aug 2016
Milkweed Assassin (Zelus longipes) Milkweed Assassin (Zelus longipes)
Croatan NF, Craven Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Bee Assassin (Apiomerus crassipes) Bee Assassin (Apiomerus crassipes)
Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008

Bee Assassins are common in NC on flowers where they hunt and prey on bees and other insects.

Bee Assassin (Apiomerus crassipes) Bee Assassin (Apiomerus crassipes)
Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008


Bee Assassins?
Richmond Co., NC
7 June 2006

Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus) Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus)
Pine flatwoods in Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus) Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus)
Pine flatwoods in Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus) Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus)
Pine plantation in Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
17 Oct 2012

Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus) Masked Hunter Assassin Bug (Reduvius personatus)
Pine plantation in Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
17 Oct 2012


Wheelbug (Arilus cristatus) Wheelbug (Arilus cristatus)
Brunswick Co., NC
13 Aug 2006

Wheelbugs are very large assassin bugs and are reported to inflict extremely painful bites when handled improperly!

Wheelbug (Arilus cristatus) Wheelbug (Arilus cristatus)
Brunswick Co., NC
13 Aug 2006


Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema) Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema)
Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013
Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema) Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema)
Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013
Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema) Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema)
Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013
Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema) Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema)
Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013
Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema) Spined Assassin (Sinea diadema)
Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013

Colorful Assassin (Rhiginia cruciata) Colorful Assassin (Rhiginia cruciata)
Graham Co., NC
29 May 06



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