Orange Assassin Bug (Pselliopus barberi)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Orange Assassin Bug.
Updated: 1/26/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The nymphs of the Orange Assassin Bug bear bold alarm colors that tell prudent observers they are best left undisturbed.
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.