Watching them hunt is amazing. Once they detect prey they will approach it with such caution that they hardly seem to be moving at all. All the while they keep tabs on their intended prey with extremely long mobile antennae. Sometimes the strike is rapid, but other times they try to sneak in a little lethal injection without the victim noticing. Once the victim notices the little sting it is all but over. The assassin bug then feeds on the victim via its proboscis, and discards the empty husk when finished.
|A delicate orange assassin bug from our garden. This species is a ready flyer.|
|The same species feeding upon a grasshopper.|
|One of the giants, a Bee Killer Assassin Bug Pristhesancus plagipennis found about 10 minutes west of Kuranda|
|A close-up of the proboscis of Pristhesancus plagipennis. This species can capture very large insects.|