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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. $\endgroup$
    – user32396
    Jun 5, 2018 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. $\endgroup$ Jun 7, 2018 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, 2018 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ Sep 5, 2019 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ cool it looks like a cousin of the golden egg bug. $\endgroup$ Jul 24, 2023 at 19:48

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This is a true bug (Heteroptera) larvae as the dorsal scent glands and the wing pockets show (see image below).

I suspect it to be a member of the family Coreidae as it exhibits typical (larval) characteristics of this family: a rhomb shaped body and long legs and antenna.

A reduviid larvae, as some of the commentators suggest, would have a strong, often bow-shaped rostrum (proboscis) that I assume should be visible from the perspective of the photographer. Also, reduviid bugs usually have a relatively long head composed of a long neck and nose.

Coreidae vs Reduviidae

Compare more images of coreid (knowyourinsects.org) and reduviid bugs (knowyourinsects.org).

Image sources (in reading direction): Mictis profana Graham Wise CC-BY-2.0 | Coreus marginatus AfroBrazilian CC-BY-SA-4.0 | Arilus cristatus Judy Gallagher CC-BY-2.0 | Rhynocoris annulatus Slimguy CC-BY-4.0


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