Red Tiger Assassin Bug - Havinthus rufovarius

Family Reduviidae

This page contains pictures and information about Red Tiger Assassin Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Adult body length 18mm 
We took those pictures in Karawatha Forest on a gum tree trunks during early October. The Assassin Bug was wandering on the tree trunk. It did not care very much on our approaching and taking those pictures. 
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After we took pictures for a few minutes. It flied to another tree trunk a few meter away.
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The bug can also be found in Eight Mile Plains near Bulimba Creek early spring in August. We usually found this bug on large gum tree trunks.
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Nymph, body length 15mm 
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This Assassin Bug is common in Brisbane's bushland. The is bright orange red in colour with black pattern. The nymph has the same colour scheme, look the same except wingless.  
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The bugs have the relatively long head.  
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The black patterns on body are vary between individuals.  
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The assassin bug can be found hiding under loose barks on gum tree trunks. They have the flattened body which specially adapted for this purpose. 

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 496.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p150. 
3. Reduviidae: Havinthus rufovarius (Bergroth) - assassin bug -  - ICDB, AGRICULTURE WESTERN AUSTRALIA. 
3. The generic classification of the Australian Harpactorinae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) - Malipatil, M.B. 1991. Invertebrate Taxonomy 4: 935-971. 

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Last updated: August 16, 2010.