Wednesday, June 20, 2012

White Eyed Assasin Bug (Platymeris sp), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This bug is from the family of Reduviidae under genus of Platymeris.


This bug has redish orange and black color on its thorax and abdomen.  The edge of abdomen is black with two white bands on the left and right. The legs are white and redish orange banded. The size is about 20mm.

It has needle like mouth parts designed for sucking juices out of plants or other insects instead of chewing. According to Wikipedia, this bug is capable of a defensive bite considered to be more painful than a bee sting if it disturbed. It is also known to spit venom that can cause temporary blindness in humans.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom : Animalia (Animals)
Phylum : Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class :  Insecta (Insects)
Order : Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder : Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Family : Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Genus : Platymeris

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platymeris
http://www.platymeris.de/

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