Masked Hunter adult & nymphs
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Genus Reduvius
Species personatus (Masked Hunter)
1/2  - 3/4 inch adult

masked hunter
We found this Masked Hunter nymph just inside our door today.  It was about 7 or 8 millimeters
in length--not quite an adult.  It was covered in debris, as you can see by its disheveled appearance.
© Carol Davis, 7-7-2010

masked hunter nymph
This is a tiny Masked Hunter nymph.  It plasters its small sticky body with dirt and debris to
help with camouflage. It's like a little walking glob of dust. This one was waltzing across
the floor of my dirty shed.  The first time I ever saw one I thought I had discovered a new
life form derived directly from dust bunnies.  Size about 4mm. © Carol Davis, 7-22-2007

Masked hunter adult
I have had Masked Hunters in my shed for quite a few years.  I think they got a foothold when we had a skunk living underneath.
Reduvius personatus is in the family of some of my favorite insects, Assassin Bugs.  These bugs do have a nasty bite so they're
 best left alone. Size about 1 ½
- 2 mm.  © Carol Davis, 6-14-2007

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