Fuzzy ferocity

At first glance, I thought this little critter was a spider, possibly a jumper, so I immediately sidled up for a closer look. Upon inspection, though, I found it to be an assassin bug Assassin bug nymph 9525(Reduvius personatus) nymph. It looks like it would be pretty sluggish, but I was quite surprised to see that it was actually very agile and quick—which makes good sense, because it is an effective predator of other insects.

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7 Responses to Fuzzy ferocity

  1. Vicki says:

    Looks like he would have very good camouflage on rocks or leaf litter. Nice shot.

  2. Nice details you’ve preserved in this photograph. I don’t believe I’ve seen such a fuzzy bug.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Steve. I’ve seen these guys several times before, and always thought they’d been through something sticky and then whatever else they encountered just stuck to them, but apparently this is typical for this stage in their development.

  3. Wonderful! The fuzziness of the assassin bug against the textures of the daisy’s floral disk is fascinating.

    • krikitarts says:

      They do make for a real contrast of textures, for sure. I really wasn’t expecting a response of “wonderful” to this rather homely and decidedly linty critter, but we thank you for it!

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Another really striking image, in part due to its simplicity – good stuff! A

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