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Two-spotted Assassin Bug

Platymeris biguttata

Assassin bugs are a type of insect, named after their predatory behaviour! There are over 6,000 species.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 4cm
Weight: 1-2g

habitat

Habitat

These assassin bugs are found amongst bushes and tall vegetation, in areas of West Africa.

diet

Diet

Assassin bugs are carnivores, feeding upon insects and other invertebrates. It feeds through the proboscis (long tube) at the front, injecting toxins and then sucking out the body fluid.

behaviour

Breeding

Females lay a number of dark brown, shiny eggs that hatch after a few weeks. The nymphs are small and red in colour, quickly shedding their skins and growing to adult size at about 9 months.

threat

Conservation

The number of two-spotted assassin bugs has not been evaluated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but they are not believed to be endangered in the wild.

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