Juvenile Assassin Bug

A whole batch of these little people hatched out on or near an Eggplant plant. Some flea beetles had been chomping on the plants - there are 3 plants of 2 varieties in adjoining bins. No sign of the flea beetles - wonder why? ;-)This is a second instar, see http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_assinsinbugs/index.html for more pix and text about Assassin bugs.
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  • Thanks Andy :-) but I can see the little orange bodies settling in for dinner.

  • For something you can't see, you did a damn fine job of capturing one. 

  • They are teensy when first hatched, 1mm or so this one is maybe 2-3mm abdomen length. Bright orange helps to see them and as babies they do cluster making them a tad easier to see.

  • Nice.  

  • I haven't seen this guy in my garden before but that may be because I wasn't aware of what it was. I'm going to keep an eye out for them from now on. Cheers.

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