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Species Repipta taurus - Red Bull Assassin

Assassin bug - Repipta taurus horned reduviid; Zelus sp? - Repipta taurus Red Bull Assassin - Repipta taurus Red Bull Assassin - Repipta taurus Red Bull Assassin - Repipta taurus Hemiptera - Repipta taurus 904W08 - Repipta taurus Red Bull Assassin - Repipta taurus
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 Harpactorinae
Tribe Harpactorini
Genus Repipta
Species taurus (Red Bull Assassin)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Repipta taurus (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Zelus taurus Fabricius 1803
Explanation of Names
taurus - 'bull'
11-13 mm(1)
Note projecting spines on thorax, thoracic pattern
se US (TX-FL-NC +scattered records further north) to Panama(2)
mostly: Apr-Sept (BG data)
See Also
Zelus longipes (Linnaeus)
- Range: se US
Det. J. Cret, 2016
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
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.