Photographed by a friend recently in central India. next to Panna Tiger Reserve.

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    – tyersome
    Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ While I can't help with a specific identification, it looks to me to be some sort of immature true bug whose wings are still coming in. That may help narrow down the possibilities. $\endgroup$
    – Cowrie
    Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately I did not see it and there is only this one photo. Such amazing markings caught my eye. Was thinking assassin but could find no exact image. Thanks for trying. $\endgroup$
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    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 7:15
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The species from the photo is almost definitely a Catamiarus brevipennis. A HighRes Picture

  • The bulged and striped abdomen
  • The non-striped legs
  • The unique pattern on the wings
  • The antenna thick at the beginning and becomes thinner towards the end.
  • The protonum also has a unique granular structure unique to Catamiarus brevipennis.

Source : India Biodiversity Portal


I suspect this is a hemipteran, an assasin bug. I think this because of the shape of the legs, the reduced elytra and the bulgy eyes. If you had a picture from the side which would show the profile of the mouthparts, and if they happened to be protruding in the shape of a stylet, i'd be more confident that it is a type of assasin bug. Its definitely trying to mimic some other insect - hope this helps!


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