Adult, back plate spine
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||Assassin Bug (Cimicomorpha, Reduviidae)|
|Species:||Assassin Bug (Oncocephalus sp ES01)|
|This Photo:||Adult, anterior|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Interesting bugs Assassins (Reduviidae), one of the few predatory/carnivorous true bugs (order Hemiptera). Most are vegetarian.
One easy diagnostic difference over the similiar Alydidae family are the large front legs as can be seen here; used to hold it's prey. Not all assassins have them, but no Alydidae's do.
A more guaranteed diagnostic, but harder to see, is that Assassin's have a curved rostrum / proboscis