Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Assassin Bug

I caught an assassin bug early last week. These bugs are nasty little creatures. I've often been told that their bite hurts much worse than a wasp or a hornet’s sting. What's worse is that the pain may last for several days. The assassin bug is from the Reduviidae family, which is a family of 7000 species of predatory insects.

The way these bugs feed is like something out of a horror film. They use the long rostrum to inject a lethal saliva into their prey that liquefies their insides. The saliva is quite effective at killing substantially larger prey than the bug itself. Common prey includes ants, cockroaches and bedbugs. For this reason, assassin bugs are often used for pest control.

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