The nymphs of the Orange Assassin Bug have bright alarm colors that warn prudent observers to look but not touch.
Like other Assassin Bugs, Orange Assassin Bugs have a pointed fang on the head that is used to attack and stab insect prey. The light orange body is long and slender. Black and orange bands mark both sides of the flared abdomen. Legs and antennae are also orange with black bands.
Orange Assassin Bugs 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. Like most Assassin Bugs, use caution if handling. The fang used to kill insects can also inflict a painful wound on hands and arms.
Scientific Name: Pselliopus barberi
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 14mm (0.47in to 0.55in)
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