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Assassin Bug with midge(?) by melvynyeo Assassin Bug with midge(?) by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduviid…
Adult insects often range from 4 to 40 mm. They most commonly have an elongated head with a distinct narrowed neck, long legs, and a prominent, segmented tube for feeding (rostrum). Most species are dark in color with hues of brown, black, red, or orange. The most distinctive feature of the family is that the tip of the rostrum fits into a groove in the prosternum, where it is rasped against ridges there (a stridulitrum) to produce sound, a tactic often used to intimidate predators. If harassment continues, they can use their rostrum to deliver a painful bite, which in some species can be medically significant. The saliva of the reduviid species Rhynocoris marginatus (Fab.) and Catamirus brevipennis (Servile) have anti-bacterial activity towards the human pathogens Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhimurium) and one Gram-positive (Streptococcus pyogenes).
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that "midge" feeding on him?  Look like the Assassin is a victim.
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I wonder if that fly is stealing blood?
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I don't think I've ever told you, but there have been a number of times, Melvyn, where a day or two after looking through your new posts I wind up running across photos or web pages that remind me of your work.

Apparently there are a few midges (like Forcipomyia) that do feed on the hemolymph of other insects.
whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.c…
thesmallermajority.com/2012/11…
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
:) I'm not too sure if that midge is stealing blood and it does seems so to me :)
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just want to say you really bring to life the insect world, bravo :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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