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It was found in central Alabama

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    $\begingroup$ This is a true bug nymph; it may be an Assassin Bug (Reduviidae), but I'll admit to uncertainty there. $\endgroup$ – Arthur J Frost Jun 5 '18 at 14:16
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    $\begingroup$ A friend of mine, ecologist, also suggested that it's a young Reduvid bug, and that it's supposed to suck blood. $\endgroup$ – Jesse P Francis Jun 7 '18 at 4:02
  • $\begingroup$ Its legs are too thin, ain't Reduviidae supposed to be more robust? Maybe it's from an herbivore group. $\endgroup$ – Rodrigo Jul 10 '18 at 0:20
  • $\begingroup$ I'm inclined to think it's not a Reduviid - those flared legs remind me more of something plant-eaterish; maybe something in the Coreoidea. The problem is that Heteropterids are a bugger to know well, and that's just the adults. The juveniles are a real pain. Better to submit it to one of the ID sites like Bug Guide. $\endgroup$ – John Robinson Sep 5 '19 at 16:25

Other's are right, some genera in the subfamily Reduviinae, I don't think it's an adult though. Very close to this.


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  • $\begingroup$ It's surely not an adult, since adult insects have wings (unless those in very basal orders which haven't developed wings, such as silverfish). $\endgroup$ – Rodrigo Jul 10 '18 at 0:19
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    $\begingroup$ Please provide a [reputable] reference to support your answer. Simply stating your opinion (even if a non-referenced photo is included) should be included as a comment and not an answer. By the way, how would another user who knew nothing about hemipterans be able to truly know whether your image is in fact that of a *Reduviidae. Species ID answers especially need citations from reputable sources since so much misinformation and incorrect ID exists all over the interwebs. Please update your answer with sources. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Dec 8 '18 at 20:05

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