Tag Archive: insects

Assassin Bug

These Bugs belong to family Reduviidae. They have very painful bites. This bug kills many garden pests including flies, mosquitoes, beetles and large caterpillars. It benefits people because it eats many non-beneficial insects that are pests to farmers and gardeners. Assassin bugs lie in wait for insects and then stab the prey with their proboscis (the beak) and inject a toxin that dissolves tissue. The assassin bug then sucks up the other bug’s tissues. They can cause a painful bite to a human if captured. Their bite can also cause a severe reaction in some persons. Some species of Assassin bugs are aggressive and not afraid to attack creatures much larger than itself. Assassin bugs are sometimes known as “kissing bugs” because they often bite people near the mouth. Some kinds of assassin bugs live in people’s homes, where they like to be around bathtubs, sinks, and drains.

Assassin Bug

Bee Fly 2

These are flies from the Bombyliidae family of insects. They are a large family of flies and their life cycles are not well known to many studying these insects. They generally feed on nectar and pollen and thus pollinate flowers as they go along. They have an unusually long proboscis used to suck out nectar from the flowers. These bee-flies don’t have stingers, but they look like bees and this helps protect them from predators.

Bee Fly

 

Bee Fly 1

These are flies from the Bombyliidae family of insects. They are a large family of flies and their life cycles are not well known to many studying these insects. They generally feed on nectar and pollen and thus pollinate flowers as they go along. They have an unusually long proboscis used to suck out nectar from the flowers. These bee-flies don’t have stingers, but they look like bees and this helps protect them from predators.

Bee Fly

Water Scorpion

Water Sorpions are aquatic insects that are found all over the world. They belong to the order Hemiptera (true bugs) and sub-order Heteroptera. They are about one to two inch in length. Water scorpions have two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs. Water scorpions are carnivores and feed on small fish, tadpoles and other aquatic insects. The water scorpion’s sting (a bite from its beak-like mouth parts) is very painful, so they should be handled carefully. However, its sting is not as poisonous as that of a land scorpion. This one was found in a swimming pool, but promptly taken out!

Water Scorpion

 

Another Water Scorpion picture taken in a swimming pool.

Water Scorpion