Black Ground Assassin Bug - Peirates punctorius or P. flavopictus

Family Reduviidae

This page contains pictures and information about Black Ground Assassin Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Female, body length 15mm
This ground assassin bug has strong pair of front legs. It is shiny black in colour. There is the creamy white mark between its thorax and abdomen. All its legs are black in colour. 

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We found this ground assassin bug when it was running on the footpath in Karawatha Forest. We collected this bug and kept it at home to see if it will turn into an adult. After a week, nothing had happen. Since we do not know how to feed it, we let it go after keeping it for a week. Pictures were taken on Sept 2007. 
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We found this assassin bug again in Karawatha Forest on Dec 2007. The white mark on this bug is slightly different. It was running on forest floor among the dry plant materials.
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Notice that its abdomen is narroewe. The pair of wings look different. They do not look like wing-bug but reduced wings. It could be the "wingless" form male. 

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Also found this assassin bug in Toohey Forest on Apr 2010.

1. Peirates punctorius - lifeseen.com, by Nick Monaghan.
2. Peirates flavopictus - Insect Reference Collection Database - ICDB, Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2006

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Last updated: August 18, 2010.