A Sycamore assassin bug nymph emerges from from a container of Aster Victoria.
Sycamore Assassin Bugs uses its multi-segmented beak to stab and inject poison its prey. The poisonous saliva breaks down its prey’s tissue into a liquid meal that the assassin bug can suck up through its tube. The pointy beak is kept tucked under its head when not in use
This insect can inflict painful bites and should not be handled. They do not feed on plants but hunt around them and are considered helpful in controlling unwanted insect populations in the garden.
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Family: Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)