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Termite Assassin Bugs - Subfamily Tegeinae

Family Reduviidae

This page contains pictures and information about Termite Assassin Bugs in Subfamily Tegeinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
There is only one species in this subfamily. It is a specialised termite predator.
 

 
Termite Assassin Bug
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Tegea atropicta, adult body length 18mm, last instars body length 12mm
In Australia this is the only one member in this subfamily. This Assassin Bug was found in later summer on a gum tree trunk in Wishart Bushland. This bug is a specialist predator of termites which are found on trees or fallen logs. More information and pictures can be found in this page.
 

Reference:
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. Family REDUVIIDAE - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory. 
4. Reduviidae - Australian National Insect Collection Database, Web site by Steve Shattuck and Natalie Barnett, Copyright 2005-2010 CSIRO Australia. 

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Last updated: August 19, 2010.