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Reduvius personatus
Family: Reduviidae

A large and predominantly black bug, although the bases of the antennae and tibae are paler.

This species is associated with humans (synanthropic) and breeds in houses, feeding on a range of associated insects such as bedbugs, silverfish, booklice and flies. The bug does not suck blood or spread disease; it may however inflict a painful bite if handled roughly. The larvae camouflage themselves using dust and the bug is sometimes known as the 'Masked Hunter' for this reason.

Recorded mainly from southern and central England.

Adult: May-September
Length 16-18 mm
Reduvius personatus
Adult: Suffolk (June 2005) ©Stuart Read