The Assassin Bugs Insect An Acanthaspis sp. assassin bug feeds on a caterpillar. Acanthaspis sp. have been found in West Africa, where they prey on ants. They camouflage themselves by attaching the sucked-out bodies of ants to their back by means of fine hairs and silk threads. Length 1 inch(2.5 cm).
Common name: Assassin bugs
Class/ subphylum:Insecta /Hexapoda
Number of species: About 5,000 (106 us)
Size: From about 0.3 in (8 mm) to 1.6 in (4 cm)
Key features: General shape oval to elongate, some actually resembling small stick insects, short, stout, curved. 3-segmented rostrum that fits in a groove beneath the thorax when not in use, noticeable groove across head behind the eyes, front legs adapted for clasping prey, so they usually walk on the hind 2 pairs; pronotum may have a crest or may bear spikes, which may also occur on top of the head
Habits: walk around on vegetation and on the ground in search of prey, often moving slowly and stealthily; blood sucking species find their prey by flying in search of it; some species attract prey by using “tools” such as resin
Breeding: Females of a number of species exhibit parental care, as do males in some species
Diet:other insects and their larvae; spiders, the blood of vertebrates; one species known to feed on liquid from fermenting dung
Habitat: Many species live on vegetation, while others live on the ground or on tree bark; some species inhabit the nests of termites, found in all kinds of habitat-grassland, forests, marshes, and deserts
Distribution: Worldwide, but with the greatest variety ofspecies in the tropical regions.
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