5743 I found this crawling in my coffee grinder, right after dumping some coffee beans in, so I’m guessing it came from in the bag of beans. At first I wondered if it was a foreign insect that came with the coffee, but that’s not the case since the beans I buy are roasted here in Guelph, Ontario, so any stowaway insects would not still be alive after roasting… so I’m guessing it’s a local critter! Please help me figure out what it is?! thanks, Andrew
This is indeed a local species; it is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), a peridomestic species with a wide distribution. See No. 5740 for another example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.