spacemouses's picture

???

Observed: 22nd August 2010 By: spacemouses
Q20
Description:

About 15mm long.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

mbf45's picture

Predatory Bug

This is a true bug (Order Hemiptera)you can tell this by the long curved mouthparts (the rostrum)that you can see.

I think that it is probably in the family Reduviidae (assassin bugs) as the rostrum seems to be three segmented. A four segmented rostrum would possibly place it in the family Nabidae. I am sure that someone will give a definite ID.

anonymous spotter's picture

Assassin Bug?

I think that mbf45 is correct, but I can't suggest a species.
If you google the term, you find lots of sites selling exotic species as pets, and they certainly seem interesting. They have some very neat hunting strategies, including pretending to be the victim in a spider's web.
In South America, at least one species spreads Chaga's disease, and is the subject of co-ordinated extermination attempts.

Syrphus's picture

This is not mapped on NBN in

This is not mapped on NBN in the W Isles, so it would be useful to have the record formally stored. It would be good if you would contact me on records@hbrg.org.uk to let me know if you are happy for the record to be stored (and some of your other posts, which are interesting too), and so that you can be credited by name as recorder.

Murdo

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.

Limnoporus's picture

On list

Murdo
Nabis flavomarginatus is listed by Bill Dolling from Outer Hebrides in http://www.hetnews.org.uk/pdfs/HN1.pdf. Accepted that no localities are given but the records most have come from somewhere. As suspected no reduviid species is on the list.

Brian Nelson

Syrphus's picture

Thanks, Brian. It is typical

Thanks, Brian. It is typical of much of the biological recording in the N of Scotland that it is buried in publications and therefore not easily accessible to the world at large. I like to add any verified records of 'missing species' with good locality information to the Gateway when the occasion arises, just so that when someone goes to the Gateway there is at least a dot there. iSpot has provided quite a few of these.

Bliadhna Mhath Ur.

M.

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.

spacemouses's picture

contact

I don't seem able to make 'contact'! My computer keeps telling me 'things' aren't installed!

Syrphus's picture

I don't understand that! The

I don't understand that! The link should open your email program. If need be, type the address and email as usual. Nothing extra needs installed.

M.

TRY

recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.