White-eyed Assassin Bug

Platymeris biguttata

Assassin bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts used to impale prey or enemies and inject venom. The white eye-like spots on this insect’s wings serve to warn enemies of its painful bite. Like all true bugs, it has gradual metamorphosis involving three life stages: eggs, nymphs and adults.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: 1 year
ecological roleEcological Role: Ambush predator
habitatHabitat: Field and scrubland
dietDiet: Small insects