Assassin Bugs are great insects to have in a garden. They eat all sorts of insects, many of which attack the health or fruit of food plants. Pnirontis modesta, like its kin, has a strong fang at the front of the face that is used to assassinate prey by stabbing it with this fang to kill it. While many species of Assassin Bug are colorful, this one is quite plain. The completely brown body offers no visual alarm. No distinctive pattern draws attention to it. These very features likely help it remain unnoticed until ready to strike. Handle with care, if it must be handled at all.
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Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.