Reduviidae Nymph

Reduviidae Nymph 4594
Originally uploaded by Yanov.

On Sunday the most bizarre little bug landed on my hand. It made me think of a spiny lobster. It was very tiny, less than half an inch long. It was spiky and menacing looking despite it's very tiny size. I am sure that on it's home planet it is a great warrior. I took quite a few pictures of it, mostly because I was unsure as to whether I had got it in sharp focus. Bug pictures can be difficult especially when the bug is small and fast. Thank goodness it couldn't fly or I would have had no pictures at all.

Based on the very valuable web resource,, I have tentatively identified this as an assassin bug nymph.

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