Assassin bug

6626.    This bug bit my partner when starting his car. It’s roughly an inch long. He said there was an awful shooting pain at the bite site. Located in Nepean/Ottawa, Ontario. Nepean, Ontario. Canada


Number 6626. This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the genus Zelus. Their saliva contains powerful enzymes that break down the tissues of their prey and this is what makes their bite so painful. Fortunately, it is not dangerous to humans. Click here for more detailed information.