Assassin bugs are predatory insects in the family Reduviidae. They have long downward-facing beaks that unfold forward. Assassin bugs capture other insects and pierce them with their sharp beaks. Then they inject enzymes to paralyze and dissolve. Then they suck out the victim's liquified insides.
|Click to enlarge. You can see the bug's developing little beak.|
And it's not just any assassin bug, it is Arilus cristatus -- a wheel bug!
|When it is fully grown, it will look like this adult wheel bug. Get a load of the beak on this!|
If you get a chance, check the foliage around the Pier 1 entrance to the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge this summer. At least one great big wheel bug will be hunting there.