09.10.2018 Our Neighborhood Assassin

Bug, that is. Pselliopus sp. with a dinner morsel on a milkweed pod.

Well, maybe not everyone’s idea of cute as a bug in a rug, but the orange body and black and white leggings are kind of “adorable”.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 09.10.2018 Our Neighborhood Assassin

  1. Gallivanta says:

    It’s very smartly attired. It’s dinner choice is rather plain but probably delicious, all the same.

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  2. Thay’s a yummy combination of colors and textures.

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  3. susurrus says:

    Viewed as leggings, I’d agree, but I confess my first thought would not have been that!

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  4. Yahhh! Terrifying, glad I’m not morsel-sized. But that assassin is undeniably a snappy dresser.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    Assassin bugs are some of the most fascinating insects out there. I love the colors on this one, never seen one quite like it. Great find, and especially for finding it while feeding.

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  6. Very nice photo that provides excellent detail. But I must say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 🙂 However, I must agree that this specimen is rather brightly colored.

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  7. Andrew says:

    I do like a good Assassin. And this one is very good indeed. Much underrated the humble Assassin.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Unreal!! I’m not familiar with them – it seems they’re well named!

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    • There is so much amazing in the natural world. Some of the various strategies different organisms have created over time to survive and produce more of themselves is just beyond imagination. How exciting it must be for someone to discover something unseen before, or at least ununderstood. Yes, that was intentional. 🙂

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I was plenty impressed to start with. Then, I noticed those two orange segments at the end of its antennae and thought, “That critter decided to push the accessorizing just a little farther — like Queen Elizabeth with her matching hat and purse.” I’ve seen plenty of orange and black bugs, especially milkweed bugs, love bugs, and such, but I’ve never seen anything like this.

    Of course, I haven’t seen anything in about three weeks. If it doesn’t stop raining pretty soon, we’re all going to go crazy. We’ve had significant rain for 12 of the past 13 days. Right now? It’s raining. Hooray.

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    • I believe you were experiencing a drought not too long ago. I think Yvonne was talking about that and maybe El Paso and Houston get different weather. But that’s certainly not the case now. We also had a period of almost non-stop rain last month. Then a period of no rain. Then we just had the remnants of Gordon and Florence may be on her way. If it gets here we certainly won’t be seeing what the Carolinas are, poor folks.
      Everything that develops in the natural world is supposedly for a reason, so there must be one for those orange antennae tips. Who knows…maybe the brighter or longer they are contributes to a greater success in procreation.

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  10. Well look at that~what a cool looking bug!

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