Insects and Spiders - native

Assassin Bugs (family Reduviidae) on May 25, 2008

Submitter has sample

Description of specimen

I photograph in macro much of my garden, and thought I had spotted a cricket hatch-ling, but when I enlarged the photo I noticed that it was something I have never seen before. I remember seeing in eastern OR a few years back a beetle that was devastating to certain evergreen forests and it had the black and white feelers like this very small insect does.
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Commentary

Can you please identify this insect for me, I have never seen one like this.
Thank you for this great way to communicate!

Reporter
May 25, 2008, 5:21 p.m.

I have shared your photos with an entomologist at Oregon State University. As soon as we receive a response, I'll post it to the website. Thank you for your patience.

Lisa DeBruyckere
May 28, 2008, 6:44 a.m.

The photo you sent was confirmed by an entomologist at Oregon State University as an immature assassin bug. In 2007, Oregon State University published a great field guide at http://www.ipmnet.org/Pocket_Guide_of_Natural_Enemies.pdf
that provides information about common natural enemies of crop and garden pests. You will find information about assassin bugs in that pamphlet. The immature bugs do not look like the adults. Thank you for your interest, and happy gardening!

Lisa DeBruyckere
May 28, 2008, 4:01 p.m.