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Another type is the assassins who use chemical lures like the ant luring assassins that have glands that secretes a surgary substance.  So when the ant comes by and smells the surgary stuff, the ant follows to the assassin.  Once the ant gets there, the assassin rears up to show the surgary substance glands.  Then the ant eats the sugary substance that tranquillizes the ant and the assassin has an easy meal.  The bee assassin uses close to the same technique.  It puts plant resin on its front legs so the bees are attached to the smell and get eaten by the assassin.
Another type is the assassins who use chemical lures like the ant luring assassins that have glands that secretes a surgary substance.  So when the ant comes by and smells the surgary stuff, the ant follows to the assassin.  Once the ant gets there, the assassin rears up to show the surgary substance glands.  Then the ant eats the sugary substance that tranquillizes the ant and the assassin has an easy meal.  The bee assassin uses close to the same technique.  It puts plant resin on its front legs so the bees are attached to the smell and get eaten by the assassin.
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The last kind of getting prey is by stealth.  The thread leg bugs use its thin legs to be able to walk around very softly, so softly that it can steal catches from spiders on the spider's web.  Another is the ambush bug, it  
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The last kind of getting prey is by stealth.  The thread leg bugs use its thin legs to be able to walk around very softly, so softly that it can steal catches from spiders on the spider's web.  Another is the ambush bug, it goes to a flower and waits motionlessly.  Once an insect like a butterfly or bee land on the flower not knowing of the ambush planned, the ambush bug attacks then eats the hapless insect.[http://insects.about.com/od/coolandunusualinsects/tp/cunningkillers.htm]
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* [http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/bugs/assassin/assassin.htm Assissin Bugs & Ambush Bugs] Blake Newton, University of Kentucky, October 19,2006.
* [http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/bugs/assassin/assassin.htm Assissin Bugs & Ambush Bugs] Blake Newton, University of Kentucky, October 19,2006.
* [http://www.eduwebs.org/bugs/assassin_bug.htm ASSASSIN BUG] Unknown, EduWebs, 2005.
* [http://www.eduwebs.org/bugs/assassin_bug.htm ASSASSIN BUG] Unknown, EduWebs, 2005.
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* [http://insects.about.com/od/coolandunusualinsects/tp/cunningkillers.htm Assassin Bugs, the World'sMost Cunning Killers] Unkown, About, 2009.
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Assassin bug
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Scientific Classification
Subfamily
  • Apiomerinae
  • Bactrodinae
  • Centrocneminae
  • Cetherinae
  • Diaspidinae
  • Ectrichodiinae
  • Elasmodeminae
  • Emesinae
  • Hammacerinae
  • Harpactorinae
  • Holoptilinae
  • Peiratinae
  • Phonolibinae
  • Phymatinae
  • Physoderinae
  • Reduviinae
  • Rhabdocorinae
  • Rhaphidosominae
  • Saicinae
  • Salyavatinae
  • Sphaeridopinae
  • Stenopodainae
  • Tegeinae
  • Triatominae
  • Tribelocephalinae
  • Visayanocorinae
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Introduction

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Anatomy

Description

Assassin bugs have six joints legs like all insects, two antennea and an exoskeleton made of chitin. They range in size from four to fourty-four milimeters. Their body is made of three sections, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The assassin bug's head contains its eyes, antennea, and proboscis. The thorax has attachment points of the legs and wings; the abdomen is where the reproducive and most digestive organs are.[1]

The head of the assasssin bug has the insect's probiscis or rostrum. This probiscis is the part of the head that the bug uses to feed on its prey. When the probiscis is not in uses, it is folded done into a groove called the prosternum. The assassin bug can also make a rasping sound by rubbing the probiscis across the ridge called the stridulitrum.[2]

The legs of the assassin bug are covered with very fine spines. These spines are for grasping the downed prey.[3] Only the front legs do not have these spines go them. The legs are also long compared to the body of the assassin bug so it has a bigger range for an attack.[4]

Reproduction

Assassin bugs are asexual and have incomplete metamorphosis. The female assassin bug does not need to have her eggs fertilized but can be.[5] Once the female lays her eggs, she dies soon after. Then the brown, tube shaped eggs hatch after about one week. The new assassin bugs molts after two weeks and molts and in six to nine weeks become of age.[6]

The male will ride ontop of the female untill she has oviposition, this is mate guarding. The males will also guard the eggs unlike most insects. Assassin bugs are one of eleven types of insects that do that. Male assassin bugs guard eggs because this is more attactive to females than males without eggs. This is because it shows the females that the male will care for the eggs.[7]


Ecology

Description

Assassin bugs eat a lot of insects. They eat most garden pests and are beneficial to farming areas. Assassin bugs only eat one type of prey. These can be many insects or, like the bee assassin, eat one type of insect, or it may eat blood like the conenose. The conenose is also called the kissing bug for its habit of biting the lips or eye or face of sleeping humans. The kissing bug is thinner than normal so it can fit in narrow cracks.[8]

These bugs are found in Europe, all the Americas, Africa, and Austrilia[9] Since assassin bugs are slow and their predators are very fast they have very interesting ways to hid. The backpack bug keeps all the dead bodies of the its past meals on its back. This backpack can be much bigger than the bug itself and is useful for a movable cover to hunt with and a distraction for an escape from a predator. Another is the masked hunter, it puts lint and other dirt like things on itself so after a while it looks like a walking dust bunny. This is perfect for where is hunts, a bed for bed bugs or insect like bed bugs. Masked hunters will also bite humans too.

Some use these collections to lure prey out of hiding. The termite feeding assassin will daggle a dead termite infront of the opening of the termite mound so the hungry termites look at it. They go to investagate it then when the termites come out, the termite feeding assassin attacks and eats the curious termites.

Another type is the assassins who use chemical lures like the ant luring assassins that have glands that secretes a surgary substance. So when the ant comes by and smells the surgary stuff, the ant follows to the assassin. Once the ant gets there, the assassin rears up to show the surgary substance glands. Then the ant eats the sugary substance that tranquillizes the ant and the assassin has an easy meal. The bee assassin uses close to the same technique. It puts plant resin on its front legs so the bees are attached to the smell and get eaten by the assassin.

The last kind of getting prey is by stealth. The thread leg bugs use its thin legs to be able to walk around very softly, so softly that it can steal catches from spiders on the spider's web. Another is the ambush bug, it goes to a flower and waits motionlessly. Once an insect like a butterfly or bee land on the flower not knowing of the ambush planned, the ambush bug attacks then eats the hapless insect.[10]

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