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Unidentified Bug - Sirthenea carinata

Unidentified Bug - Sirthenea carinata
Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
May 25, 2011
Not sure what this thing is but it bit me and im swollen up pretty bad.

Sirthenea stria carinata
First representative for Texas (and west of the Mississippi R.) on BG.

Moved from ID Request.

Painful, but generally not dangerous
Chuck Entz, another BugGuide editor, wrote this about assassin bug bites: "True bugs have jaws fused into a tube and can't chew, so assassin bugs inject neurotoxins to quickly paralyze prey in combination with digestive enzymes to break them down for sucking out through a "straw". While this is devastating for insects and other small prey, humans are way too big for any long-term effect. It does, however, hurt like crazy for a while."

Sirthenea carinata

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