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  • Orange Assassin Bug - (Pselliopus barberi)

    Orange Assassin Bug - (Pselliopus barberi)

    The nymphs of the Orange Assassin Bug bear bold alarm colors that tell prudent observers they are best left undisturbed.


    Picture of Orange Assassin Bug


    Staff Writer (1/26/2017): Orange Assassin Bugs have a fang that is used to attack and stab insect prey. They are usually seen on flower or branches, looking for their next meal, sometimes with friends nearby. Adults overwinter under rocks, stones or wood piles. They are most active in spring when adults emerge from warm hiding spots, and autumn eggs laid in the spring finally hatch and prepare to overwinter.

    Like most Assassin Bugs, use caution if handling. The fang used to kill insects can also inflict a painful wound to humans.

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    Details of the:
    Orange Assassin Bug


    Category: True Bug
    Common name: Orange Assassin Bug
    Scientific Name: Pselliopus barberi

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Reduviidae
           Genus: Pselliopus
            Species: barberi





    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 14mm (0.47in to 0.55in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, black, brown

    Additional Descriptors: stripes, spots, fang, snout, flying, biting, curved, arched


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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