Assassin bug

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Assassin bug
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Reduvius, a typical assassin bug
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Cimicomorpha
Family: Reduviidae
Orange assassin bug feeding on a beetle

Assassin bugs are the Reduviidae. They are a large cosmopolitan family of "true bugs" or Hemiptera.

They are almost all terrestrial ambush predators.[1] Most members of the family are easy to recognise: they have a relatively narrow neck, sturdy build and formidable curved proboscis. Large specimens should be handled with care, if at all, because they may defend themselves with a very painful stab from the proboscis.

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  1. There are some blood-sucking ectoparasites in the subfamily Triatominae.
Rhynocoris - Predacious flower assassin bug from South Africa. May bite when carelessly handled; painful after-effects often last for months.[1]
Assassin bug camouflaged with debris, Australia.
  1. Weaving, Alan; Picker, Mike; Griffiths, Charles Llewellyn (2003). Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. New Holland Publishers, Ltd. ISBN 1-86872-713-0.