Unknown Assassin with unknown wasp while mites hitch a ride (aussietrev)
Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 9:40 PM
Hi guys,
Found this tableau on a grass stem. The only thing I know ID for are the red mites on the assassin bug. Both the bug and the wasp are quite tiny. Any ideas anyone?
Queensland, Australia

Assassin Bug with prey and Mites

Assassin Bug with prey and Mites

Hi Trevor,
Sorry for the delay, but we have had a crazy busy week. While we agree with the Assassin Bug and Mites, we are unable to identify the species. We are not convinced the prey is a Wasp. It almost looks like another Hemipteran. We will see if Eric Eaton thinks Hemipteran or Hymenopteran.

I agree with you, Daniel, the victim here is another hemipteran, something in the family Rhyparochromidae most likely.

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One Response to Assassin Bug Food Chain Scenario from Australia

  1. drswanny says:

    One of the 15 species of Coranus (Harpactorinae) known in Australia.

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