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Assassin bugs

Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae

The head is narrow and elongate with the portion behind the eyes neck-like (A, B). Sometimes a sculptured crest may be found on the pronotum. The front legs are specialized for hunting.

Note: These bugs are sensitive to organophosphate and carbamate insecticides.


The larvae and adults are generalist predators, but may also be pests of fruit.

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