Assassin Bugs: The Curious Killers of the Insect World

The 7000 species of insects residing in family Reduviidae, ominously called assassin bugs, are a kaleidoscope of colours, sizes and gruesome murders. The different species of the family look very dissimilar to each other and range from five to 40 mm in size. Here is an identification key showing the wide variety in their appearance. The assassin bug has an anatomically complex venom system residing within its short three-segmented beak, which it uses to pierce its prey and then slurp […]

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