Assassin bug

6406.  Found two of these today in the house. Hoping not harmful. Regina, Saskatchewan. Canada


Number 6406. This is an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) called the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus), an introduced species with a cosmopolitan distribution. These are general predators on other small arthropods, and are reputed to have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite.