23 Sep 2015.
Giving Pond Recreation Area, Bucks Co, PA.
Male and female.
Possibly Pselliopus barberi.
Found on flowers next to a pond.
ID to genus confirmed by Ken Wolgemuth:
This was a fun final find for me on this Georgia trip. Found it as I was walking out to the car to head back to the hotel -- feeding on some Asian ladybug.
ID based on:
Great trip, great conference with the ANCA folks, and yep, lots of cool observations. :)
I missed the focus on this little bugger. But I think there's enough focus to figure out what it is; it's an assassin bug, at least.
On fruiting inflorescence of winged sumac.
P. cinctus vs. P. barberi
Assassin Bug Nymph
I found this insect interacting with the seeds of dock (Rumex sp).
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.