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Assassin Bug? - Fitchia aptera

Assassin Bug? - Fitchia aptera
Medora/Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit), North Dakota, USA
May 5, 2014
My husband took this picture in the Badlands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the North Unit at 5:00 p.m. It looks like an assassin bug
to me, but we live in Upper Michigan so I haven't seen this species before. I can't tell if it's an immature or adult from the photograph.
It was walking on the ground, not on vegetation. Would anyone be able to help with the identification? Thank you.

Moved from True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies.

Adjusted the black/white levels a bit. BG's first image from ND.

Fitchia aptera
It's exciting to know this is a first picture of this particular
species for bugguide. --Lynn Murphy

Not the first...
...just the first from North Dakota. Still very cool, though. :)

Yes - Fitchia aptera…
Nice find. This is actually an adult, the wings are just reduced in this species.

See reference here.

Fitchia aptera
Thanks for the identification of this assassin bug Ross. --Lynn Murphy

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