Assassin Bugs - Family Reduviidae

This page contains pictures and information about Assassin Bugs that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Assassin Bug and its strong piercing-sucking mouthparts
All Assassin bugs are predators. They prey on all small animal such as snails, insects (especially caterpillars), spiders and other arthropods. Please find more general information about assassin bugs in this page.
Followings listed the assassin bugs we found. Please click on each thumbnail for detail informtion.  

Subfamily Harpactorinae - Long legs Assassin Bugs

Assassin bugs in this subfamily are usually long-legged and hunting on plants. They usually active during the day time.

Subfamily Peiratinae - Ground Assassin Bugs 

Bugs in this subfamily are usually robust, ground-living and active during the night. Most are brown or black in colours. 

Subfamily Tegeinae - Termite Assassin Bugs 

There is only one species in this subfamily. They are the termite predator. 

Subfamily Ectrichodiinae


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.