Spined Assassin Bug (Sinea diadema)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Spined Assassin Bug.
Updated: 6/30/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A traveling hunter, the Spined Assassin Bug looks just as ferocious as its method for dispatching prey.
Spined Assassin Bugs are covered in pointy spines or spikes. The purpose of them may be to fend off predators. The ones on front legs and the head may aid in subduing larger prey. Their presence gives the Spined Assassin bug a formidable appearance. The insect hides in plant foliage or on flowers, waiting for an insect to pass by it. The strong front legs grab the prey and a long fang at the mouth subsequently stabs the insect to death with rapid piercing movements. If handled carelessly, this fang can prick human skin creating a painful wound.
Look for Spined Assassin Bugs in meadows, gardens and flower beds. They may be under leaves or inside blossoms.