Assassin Bug at the L-28 Levee

 
 
 
Assassin Bug at the L-28 Levee

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – L-28 INTERCEPTOR LEVEE, COLLIER  COUNTY, FL

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This photograph, taken at the L-28 Interceptor Levee in Collier County, Florida, is of a colorful black and red Assassin Bug. Camera gear used to photograph this Assassin Bug was a Nikon D90 camera body attached to a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens and a macro light ring.

They are predatory and use their long rostrum to inject a lethal saliva that liquefies the insides of the prey, which are then sucked out. The saliva contains enzymes that predigest the tissues they swallow. This process is generally referred to as extra-oral digestion, or EOD. The saliva is commonly effective at killing prey substantially larger than the bug itself.

The legs of some Assassin Bugs have areas covered in tiny hairs that aid in holding onto their prey while they feed. Others, members of the subfamily Phymatinae in particular, have forelegs that resemble those of the praying mantis, and they catch and hold their prey in a similar way to mantids.

 

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Aperture - ƒ/8
  • Credit - Alan S. Hochman
  • Camera - NIKON D90
  • Date Created - June 10, 2012, 1:14 pm
  • Focal length - 60mm
  • Iso - 560
  • Shutter speed - 1/125
  • Title - Assassin Bug at L-28 Levee
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4 Comments

 
  1. Sammy52 says:

    Fantastic ix!

  2. GY says:

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the picture.

  3. Denny Kirkland says:

    Alan, that is one scary looking creature. Love it

  4. Alan S. Hochman says:

    Denny, thank you very much for the compliment.

 

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