Pselliopus barberi (Orange Assassin Bug)
HEM Reduviidae Pselliopus barberi
#3 Pselliopus barberi (Orange Assassin Bug)
Pselliopus barberi. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC, USA. 1 September 2012.
This little orange assassin bug was patrolling the edge of the pitcher plant bog at Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia. I barely caught sight of its legs under a leaf. Fortunately, it wrapped around and posed for a few moments -- until heading down into the denser foliage.
~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.
Pselliopus is a common genus of assassin bug family (Reduviidae), in the subfamily Harpactorinae. The genus is restricted to the New World, with 22 species described. Some species, such as Pselliopus barberi, are conspicuous because of their bright coloring and relatively large size. Some species of the genus are of interest as potential biological pest control agents.