- This page contains pictures and information about Biology of Assassin Bugs
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Assassin Bug and its strong piercing-sucking mouthparts
- Assassin Bugs can
be distinguished from other bugs by their elongated head
and short curved proboscis. All other plant-feeding bugs have their proboscis
flat against under their head when not in use. Assassin Bugs' proboscis
is curved outwards from the head. Assassin bugs swing their proboscis
forwards to attack.
- Assassin bugs feed on prey by puncturing with sharp stylets in their
proboscis, then inject saliva which can paralyses prey. Then assassin bugs suck up the
fluids. As some other bugs, assassin bugs are usually slow moving. However, their bit
can be painful.
- The antennae of Assassin Bugs are four segmented and about the same length as
the body and are usually slender. Their head is relatively small but eyes are
large. The legs are usually long and this extends the long attack
bugs' life-cycle is
incomplete metamorphosis and their young, the nymphs, look much the same as
their adults except smaller and wingless. They
may have different coloring to the adult form. There are five instars
stages. We have detail records about assassin
bugs' life-cycle in the Common Assassin bug
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 494.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p150.
- 3. Checklist for HEMIPTERA: HETEROPTERA (Coleorrhyncha to Cimicomorpha) - Australian Biological Resources Study
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