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    Yep they sure are north of the Gulf states! I hav seen about 5-7 here in NY. I would prsonally feed it a variety of food. I would go with Caterpillars and other "soft-bodied" insects. And another note if you've never seen one try looking by a light at night, they're attracted to them. Shauntell: an assasin bug is a large beetle with a long pointy proboscus which is jams into other insects and sucks up their insides. They are usually brown-black with dull orange markings down the side or on thier belly.

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    Pameridea marlothii on Roridula gorginias :


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    NepG,

    When I said that I had "never heard of it North of the Gulf states" I was refering to Chaga's disease and not not the assassin's themselves

    As for assassin's being beetles, that isn't quite accurate. They are actually part of the insect clade known as 'true bug' and are more closely related to thing like bed bugs and cockroaches

    Shauntell,

    You asked about size. Most of the ones you will see inside the States are onlu about 0.5-.75" of an inch although there is a species, know as the wheel bug, that can reach upward of 1.5" Some species in S. America can break the 3" mark.

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