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A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus

A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus
Bedford, Westchester County, New York, USA
July 3, 2005
Found this guy latched on the to this leaf-footed bug on the rim of a garbage can. What's amazing is it dragged the leaf footed over the edge and had it suspended by its proboscis. Unfortunately that image was hastily taken later with a different setup and is blurry.

I'm wondering if it's some kind of assassin nymph? Thanks in advance.

(Podisus, prey)

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A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus A small, but powerful, consumer of leaf-footed bugs. - Podisus

Moved
Moved from Podisus.

Ditto Sean's remarks
What a surprising sight!

 
The big bug
But what is the name of this shieldbug?

 
Podisus
This was placed on the bugguide page for this predator's genus, not the prey's genus.

...
Wow!
My guess is it is not an assassin, as I would expect to see more constriction behind the eyes. Perhaps a Pentatomid or something to that effect.
What a great series of shots.

 
stink bug
Thanks Sean, I think you're right. I've been browsing through the images of the predatory Pentatomids and they seem to fit the bill. Maybe it's a nymph? I'd hate to meet it when it grows up.

 
I think it's a Podisus nymph
Compare this one:



There's also a similar (but hard to be sure as it's in black and white) image on this UF site.

Great series!

 
Podisus
Thanks Hannah (again), took me a while but the markings appear very similar. I added a couple more images that seem to bear out your comparison.

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