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Subfamily Saicinae

Assassin nymph ? - Oncerotrachelus acuminatus Assassin? - Pseudosaica florida Heteroptera ID Request - Oncerotrachelus pallidus Bug - Oncerotrachelus acuminatus Damsel bug? - Oncerotrachelus acuminatus lateral view - Pseudosaica florida Orange Assassin Bug - Oncerotrachelus pallidus Pseudosaica florida
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 Saicinae
Explanation of Names
Saicinae Stål 1859; type genus: Saica
6 spp. in 4 genera north of Mexico, 140 spp. in >20 genera worldwide(1)
4-14 mm
Ocelli absent and second rostral segment swollen at base.
Key to spp. in(2)
Worldwide; in our area, midwestern, southeastern and south central United States
On the ground, at the bases of grasses, sometimes on lower herbage. Often come to lights at night.
Generalist predators.
Closely related to the Emesinae.