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Species Reduvius personatus - Masked Hunter

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Family Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs)
Subfamily Reduviinae
Genus Reduvius
Species personatus (Masked Hunter)
Other Common Names
Bed Bug Hunter
Explanation of Names
Reduvius personatus (Linnaeus 1758)
personatus = 'disguised' -- refers to the nymphs being camouflaged with debris (dust, lint, sand...), hence the common name "Masked"
16-22 mm (vs <15 mm in other nearctic spp.)(1)
Adults are uniformly black or sometimes dark brown. Nymphs cover themselves with dust, lint, sand, and other debris which usually matches the color of their immediate surroundings and makes the nymphs difficult to detect.


nymphs are camouflaged with dust/debris in all members of this genus, but other congeners are restricted to the sw. US
AZ-FL-ME-WA / BC, ON-QC (2)(1)
This species is common in many areas of the United States, especially in the east and northwest, including the northern Great Basin. We have seen many specimens from the states of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado, and also some from Arizona, but the species is significantly very rare in California, never having been reported in the literature; we have seen only one specimen. Now adventitiously cosmopolitan. Other spp. of Reduvius occur in the sw: southern CA to west TX, rarely UT(1)(2)
Adults and nymphs are found around buildings and in wooded areas; both are attracted to light.
Adults and nymphs prey on small arthropods such as woodlice, lacewings, earwigs, bed bugs (Cimex spp.), and Swallow Bugs (Oeciacus vicarius)
Can inflict a painful bite but does not feed on blood, and does not transmit diseases.
Introduced from Europe
See Also
Melanolestes picipes is more robust, with an enlarged, conspicuously smooth and shiny prothorax, and modified forelegs
Works Cited
1.The genus Reduvius Fabricius in western North America (Reduviidae, Hemiptera, Insecta)
Wygodzinsky P., Usinger R.L. 1964. American Museum Novitates 2175: 1-15.
2.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
3.Penn State Entomology