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Are the different colors different instars, different species, or different genders? Or just individual differences? Are you starting a colony?

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Are the different colors different instars, different species, or different genders? Or just individual differences? Are you starting a colony?

Black ones are nymphs, red ones are newly molted (teneral) adults, and the ones with white wings are hardened adults, and yes, I'm trying to establish a captive bred colony of this species from my wild collected specimens :)

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Black ones are nymphs, red ones are newly molted (general) adults, and the ones with white wings are hardened adults, and yes, I'm trying to establish a captive bred colony of this species from my wild collected specimens :)

Very cool. I thought that most assassin bugs were from Africa. Something else to look for when I am out and about, I guess.

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Very cool. I thought that most assassin bugs were from Africa. Something else to look for when I am out and about, I guess.

Insects are diverse and live all over the world or one family usually lives most of the continents I think. Some people think that spiders only live in one place in the US and stuff like that and I am like What!!? lol. The assassin bug family has 7000 species all together it says on Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Reduviidae

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I should have thought of that. But, just as hissing roaches are confined to Madagascar, I perceived that most assassins were from Africa. I know that there are other hemipterans in North America, I just did not realize we had this group as well.

Does anyone know if there are any in the midwest, and if so, was habitats to look for them?

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I should have thought of that. But, just as hissing roaches are confined to Madagascar, I perceived that most assassins were from Africa. I know that there are other hemipterans in North America, I just did not realize we had this group as well.

Does anyone know if there are any in the midwest, and if so, was habitats to look for them?

I would suggest looking up on this page

http://bugguide.net/node/view/166

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I should have thought of that. But, just as hissing roaches are confined to Madagascar, I perceived that most assassins were from Africa. I know that there are other hemipterans in North America, I just did not realize we had this group as well.

Does anyone know if there are any in the midwest, and if so, was habitats to look for them?

I see them on flowers and in leaves in the forests and I think it would be similar where you are (I am in the east US which probably has a nicer climate).

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That is a excellent species! It's handsome and a good size. Great job and good work!

Thank you :)

I'm really hoping that i'll be able to breed these guys and establish a culture in captivity since they are quite rare.

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Thank you :)

I'm really hoping that i'll be able to breed these guys and establish a culture in captivity since they are quite rare.

There are quite a few pictures of this species on bugguide. You can find captive breeding data for this species and a few photos in the 2001 Assassins & Waterscorpions booklet. Your goal to establish a culture is doable but they are more time intensive than say Platymeris. Maybe you could discover a way to keep them that does not require inordinate effort.

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I can remember catching assassin bugs 30 odd years ago - when I was growing up in Ocala, Florida. I would catch them and throw them in the air to see if they would fly. Needless to say, I got nailed sometimes in the process. The feeling was the most memorable "stabbing" pain of all the bugs that nailed me as a kid. It was on the same level of pain as the fuzzy buzzy "cattle killers" but, weirdly different. The species you keep has such amazing color. I love the progressive display toward imago. Nature gives us so many gifts to admire. Thanks for the great pics. It'd be cool to see updates on your progress. Either way, thanks agin for sharing and good luck with them.

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I can remember catching assassin bugs 30 odd years ago - when I was growing up in Ocala, Florida. I would catch them and throw them in the air to see if they would fly. Needless to say, I got nailed sometimes in the process. The feeling was the most memorable "stabbing" pain of all the bugs that nailed me as a kid. It was on the same level of pain as the fuzzy buzzy "cattle killers" but, weirdly different. The species you keep has such amazing color. I love the progressive display toward imago. Nature gives us so many gifts to admire. Thanks for the great pics. It'd be cool to see updates on your progress. Either way, thanks agin for sharing and good luck with them.

That's an interesting childhood experience. I've been stung by them once and it really wasn't a pleasing experience. lol

Here's a little progress over the past few weeks :)

Got 4 nymphs to hatch and more are coming on the way.

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Can you see them now?

No :-(

The last post with pictures, I can only see the last one. It seems to be hit-or-miss which ones I can see. Are they all the same format?

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No :-(

The last post with pictures, I can only see the last one. It seems to be hit-or-miss which ones I can see. Are they all the same format?

That's strange. They should be all in same format cause they are linked to FB album of mine.

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That's strange. They should be all in same format cause they are linked to FB album of mine.

I'm at home now and can view them fine... I wonder if it is due to the fact that the school where I work has facebook blocked. But that still does not explain why I can only see certain ones when there. Oh well. They are beautiful, by the way! What are they feeding on? roach nymphs?

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I'm at home now and can view them fine... I wonder if it is due to the fact that the school where I work has facebook blocked. But that still does not explain why I can only see certain ones when there. Oh well. They are beautiful, by the way! What are they feeding on? roach nymphs?

It might be that your school's internet isn't stable or something.

They are feeding on roach nymphs :)

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I was at a friend's house tonight (the lady who gave me my first hissers!) and she had some assassin bugs she had purchased somewhere. She was going to look up the scientific name and send it to me. Pretty cool bugs!

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