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Masked Hunter (Reduvius personatus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Masked Hunter.

 Updated: 2/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The Masked Hunter may be a predator to small insects, but that doesn't stop it from inflicting painful bites on careless handlers.



The Masked Hunter is a type of Assassin Bug. This family of insects is known for its ability to inflict painful bites on people thanks to a very strong beak. This beak is normally used to rapidly stab an insect to death, but it also a weapon of self-defense it it feels threatened.

The Masked Hunter primarily eats Bed Bugs and are active at night. Sightings of Masked Hunters indoors is usually a result of a bed bug infestation in the home. To eliminate the Masked Hunter, the presence of bed bugs must be removed, usually with the help of a professional exterminator. Masked Hunters will also eat roly polys and earwigs in the absence of their preferred food.

Nymphs, or juveniles, are smaller and are covered in sticky hairs. Dust, lint and dirt will stick to the body and legs of the nymph making it look appear more like an alien rather than an insect.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Reduviidae
          Genus: Reduvius
            Species: personatus
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Reduvius personatus
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 18mm (0.39in to 0.70in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, gray
Descriptors: dusty, dirty, biting, flying, noisy
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