Assassin Bug
Instar, profile, ~13mm
Assassin Bug
Instar, ventral
Assassin Bug (Oncocephalus sp ES01)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:     Instar, proboscis

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

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.