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__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bugs 30 Assassin Bugs

 

 

 

 

A picture containing animal, indoor, sitting, piece

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A insect on a flower

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A insect on the ground

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A picture containing animal

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A close up of an insect

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A picture containing animal, indoor, table, food

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A close up of a flower

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A close up of a flower

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

A close up of a yellow flower

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ASSASSIN BUG Rhynocoris erythropus

 

         These large Assassin Bugs Rhynocoris erythropus capture their prey by stealth and their warning colours would suggest that they are unpalatable to predators. Their bite is said to be painful and they have toxic saliva so they should not be handled. When not in use the segmented rostrum is tucked away underneath the body. These photographs were taken in the South of France and Italy. It is hoped that the identification is correct as there are several similar species and a limited amount of reference material available from which they can be identified.

 

 

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