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Orange Assassin Bug



Photo © by Michael Plagens

Image taken in Rackensack Canyon, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 31 May 2008.

Reduviidae -- Assasin Bug Family

This brightly colored predator can deliver a painful bite if mishandled  The argent orange color is probably aposematic and likely a warning to birds or others that might be tempted to turn the tables on this predator.

This insect, a true bug in the family Reduviidae, was found hunting on foliage of Arizona Sycamore -- Platanus wrightii.

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