Sunday, July 14, 2013

Assassin Bug - Jeff's deck

You just never know where or when something really cool is going to appear and want it's picture taken.  While watering the plants on our deck this little bug climbed out on the handle of the hanging basket.  This is an "Assassin Bug" nymph.  It hasn't developed wings but it is a true bug.  A friend of gardeners, the assassin bug preys on caterpillars and other insects. The assassin bug grabs it's prey with it's sticky grasping fore legs, impales the prey with it's beak (visible in the picture), injects a toxin that also dissolves the unfortunate victim's insides so they may be sucked back out through beak. It's best not to handle these bugs because they can inflict a bite that doesn't heal well.