Assassin!

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Just one shot. I see lots of orange assassins, but have never seen one like this.

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Terrific closeup image. It's a strange looking creature. Why is it called an
"Assassin"?
 
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Terrific closeup image. It's a strange looking creature. Why is it called an
"Assassin"?

Those front legs like a praying mantis and the long pointed proboscis are used for catching and then draining the fluids from other insects after having snuck up on them or having laid in wait for them - just like an assassin :wink:
 
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Ha, cool!

Samuel

Thanks Samuel!

Very nice picture.
Where's the head?

Thanks Morty! The top part with the eye. Funny though, as nymphs they will use the exoskeleton of their prey as camouflage so you really wouldn't see it at all.

Nice spiky head.

Thanks! Its a faux-hawk.:biggrin:

very cool...! :smile:

Thanks William!

Fine image.

Thanks Jeff!

Very nice. I've seen similar in Arizona (Sinea diadema)

Thanks! I have spent a lot of time camping in AZ, but always in the high desert and have never seen any. I'll watch next time I get out there.

Good shot.

Thanks Alex!

Yow! Nice shot of a strange critter!

Thanks Dossy!

Terrific closeup image. It's a strange looking creature. Why is it called an
"Assassin"?

Thanks Art! It is a predator that injects other insects with a saliva that liquefies them from the inside. They hide and pounce.
 
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Hope I will never meet one of them ,o)
Great shot Chad
I keep looking at it, and I consider that a good sign
Nico
 
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Another dandy shot!

I sometimes wonder if there's anything an assassin bug won't attack. A couple of years ago, I watched while a wheelbug nymph attacked a jumping spider -- the spider saw it coming; elevated; and pounced on the nymph.

Thanks Bob! The predators in the insect world seem to be all "attack" and no retreat. I like when the raise up at me.:biggrin:

gross! I"d be all skeevy...but this is a great image!


did it just eat something?

Thanks! I don't know, it didn't seem to like the flash.:biggrin:
 

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