Assassin bug

6527.  I found this insect in my garden today, I live in Montreal close to the Port and shipping containers. I have been bitten by one like this and it was very painful. I always wondered what it is, maybe an ‘Assassin Bug’? Any input would be very helpful. Best. Karim. Montreal, Quebec. Canada

Number 6527.  This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Their saliva contains proteolytic enzymes that break down the tissues of their prey and this contributes to the painfulness of their bite. Click here for more detailed information.