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Common Assassin Bug - Pristhesancus plagipennis

Common Assassin Bug - Pristhesancus plagipennis

Assassin bugs use their proboscis to impale prey (insects and spiders) and inject powerful saliva that turns the prey's body contents to liquid. The bug then sucks up the juices through the proboscis, which acts like a straw.
Assassin bugs sometimes bite humans when provoked, for example when they become entangled in clothing. When they bite their saliva causes intense pain, but the effects are usually localised and temporary.
There are more than 300 species of Australian assassin bugs in the Family Reduviidae. All of our species are predators with elongated heads and a curved rostrum beneath. The prey is impaled on the bug's rostrum and killed by digestive enzymes that liquefy the body tissues. The same enzymes cause intense local pain when humans are bitten.
(Text Source: Queensland Museum)