5723 From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. My husband found this bug in our kitchen near one of our windows. It was end of June. Wondering if it is an Assassin bug/kissing bug and if i need to worry about possible infestation or parasites? Only seen this one so far. Andrea
This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), but it is not a kissing bug. Specifically, it is Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species known as the masked hunter. This species has a reputation for a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.