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I’m very curious to know whether this is a type of ant or not, I only see 6 legs. Found in Tampa, Florida near Tarpon Springs.

unknown insect

unknown insect

unknown insect


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    $\begingroup$ Definitely not an ant. Where was it? I mean, it looks like it's in an old box with a strap...? Is it rotten wood? It looks like exterior lighting: was it outside buildings? $\endgroup$ – rotaredom Apr 25 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ Also, how big is it? $\endgroup$ – rotaredom Apr 25 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ See Horned Mohawk looking insect. What is it? for more info. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Apr 26 at 2:24
  • $\begingroup$ It was approximately 1 inch long, no bigger than an American 25 cent piece. Located on a farm in Tarpon Springs. Found crawling on the wash racks for the horses. $\endgroup$ – MettleAlchemist Apr 27 at 0:09

It's some type of Reduviidae, or assassin bug - possibly a juvenile wheel bug. Here's a few pictures of Floridan assassin bugs I've found just browsing the net:


Tagged as unidentified Reduviidae from Tallahassee

Assassin bug

Tagged as assassin bug

Wheel Bug

Tagged as a Wheel Bug

Juvenile Wheel bug

Tagged as a wheel bug nymph

Bottom line:

Not an ant, for sure: it's almost certainly in the family of Reduviidae, possibly the subspecies of Arilus cristatus.


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