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Assassin bug

Assassin bug
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Copyright: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ50, Helios 58mm 1:2
Exposure: f/6.0, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-24 17:06
Viewed: 5057
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Assassin bug waiting for pollinizator insect. Taken in my garden.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Superfamily: Cimicomorpha
Family: Reduviidae
Latreille, 1807
Genus: Pselliopus?

Reduviidae is a family of predatory insects in the suborder Heteroptera. It includes assassin bugs and wheel bugs (genera include Arilus, Melanolestes, Psellipus, Reduvius, Rhiginia, Sinea, Triatoma, and Zelus), ambush bugs (genera include Apiomerus and Phymata), and thread-legged bugs (the subfamily Emesinae, including the genus Emesaya).

Some blood-sucking reduviidae are also known as kissing bugs.

Physical characteristics
There are more than 150 species in North America alone, with species existing all over the world. There are about 3000 species alll together. Adult bugs often range from 0.5 to 1.5 inches (11 to 33 mm).[citation needed] It has an elongated head with a distinct narrowed neck, thick forewings, long legs, and a segmented beak. Most species are dark in color with hues of brown, black, red, or orange.

It uses its long proboscis to inject a lethal toxin that liquefies the insides of its prey. It then sucks out the liquefied remains. The legs of these bugs are covered in tiny hairs that serve to make them sticky to hold onto their prey while it feeds. The venom is effective for even larger insects. As nymphs, many species will cover and camouflage themselves with the remains of dead prey insects.Their saliva can cause irritation of the eyes and nose and temporary blindness in humans

A mating pair of apiomerine Reduviidae feeding on a soldier beetle.They have been known to feed on cockroaches and are regarded in many locations as beneficial. Some people breed them as pets and for insect control.

Human contact
The assassin bug has been known to bite humans when not handled carefully. For some species the bite is known to be very painful, sometimes with effects lasting up to four months, at times causing allergic reactions. Repeated bites can cause increasingly bad reactions in humans including shock and death.

Some blood-sucking reduviidae, particularly Triatoma spp. and other members of the subfamily Triatominae, are also known as kissing bugs due to their habit of biting humans in their sleep on the soft tissue of the lips and eyes; about half of these haematophageous species, located in Central and South America, are able to transmit a fatal trypanosome disease known as Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis).


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-24 17:12]

A este bicho lo tenía visto Hernan, sin la certeza a que especie correspondía... gracias por desasnarme.
Una excelente composición dentro de la flor con intensos colores, buen foco y nitidez con bellos detalles tanto en el insecto como en la misma flor, incluso algunas sombras muy estéticas.
Me gusta el encuadre y el post procesado que realizaste.
Un gran saludo para ambos... Ricardo

Hi Hernan!
This assassin found a great place for relaxing and feeding needs for sure! Very interesting species on a beautiful flower. pov and framing is great and great note too! (sometimes with effects lasting up to four months, at times causing allergic reactions - Whattt!)
Thank you and best regards,

Hi Hernan,
A nice pic and a original note. Interesting details.
Good composition and framing. Well done.
TFS and regards, Ruud

Buena luz y color de esta chinche asesina. Tienes una galería muy interesante y de las que gusta hojear para aprender algo. Saludos

Creo que el acierto fue hacer foco en lo que caracteriza a los reduvidos; su filosa trompa succionadora que tanto daño causa en Argentina (Triatoma infestans), asi como el pronoto que se ve muy bien (elemento para la taxonomia)el entorno de color da un marco muy apropiado de composicion naturalistica

Hi Hernan,
Great Macro. How i wish can do this with my S3 IS. Any tripod used?

Hola Hernan,
Nice macro shot. Neat image with superb vivid yellow color of the flower. Deeper DOF, focusing on the bug will make this shot even better.

Ben Lakitan

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-10-26 9:16]
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Hola Hewrnàn.
Una macro muy iteresante, con una buena nota -aunque en inglès - gran definiciòn en los detalles de este insecto - parece una vinchuca -
Me gusta la resoluciòn que le diste a los pètalos de la flor que parecen diluirse.

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  • Artur Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 8] (1102)
  • [2006-10-26 19:07]

a nice one ! there is a very similar (maybe the same) reduviid here in Panama

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-27 10:28]

Good macro Hernan, great capture with nice colors and good exposure. Well done ! Thanks.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-27 10:41]

Hi Hernan.
I am impressed by the sea of yellow colours. Great dynamic rang. Perfect details of flower's petals. The cute bug "is taking a bath". Very nice expressive picture. My compliments and TFS,

what an interesting bug, hernan! :-)
never seen one like these before.
good macro-shot and great note.
...and again something through TN.
thanks & take care, thor.

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