White Spotted Assassin Bug (Platymeris biguttata)

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Description

Important:

  • This specie require wild collection, it may take 15 – 20 days to prepare since your placement of order. We appreciate your patience.

Common Name: White Spotted Assassin Bug
Scientific Name: Platymeris biguttata

Description:

  • P. biguttatus Captive breed Platymeris biguttatus or Two-spotted assassin bug is a venomous predatory true bug of west and southwest African origin ranging in size from 10 to 40 mm.
  • As a true bug of the order hemiptera, it has needle like mouth parts designed for sucking juices out of plants or other insects instead of chewing. 
  • P. biguttatus has sharp stylets in its proboscis or rostrum used to pierce the exoskeleton of its prey. Saliva is then injected into the prey which liquefies its tissues,and the rostrum is then used to suck out the digested fluids.
  • If disturbed, it is capable of a defensive bite considered to be more painful than a bee sting. It is also known to spit venom that can cause temporary blindness in humans.

Temp/humidity: 76°-95°F / 65%-85% humidity

Enclosure: 

  • Babies can live Communal in a 1/2 gallon tank or plastic tote and will share food, Adults can live Communal with a low risk of cannibalization in a 3 to 50+ gallon tank. Floor space is important well as height.

Substrate: 1 to 3 inches of Coconut Fiber or Coconut Fiber/Sand mix 

Decor: Cork bark, Cholla Cactus Wood, manzanita, Live plants, Silk plants


Food And Feeding:

  • They eat almost ANY invertebrates I feed mine crickets roaches and catapullers like hornworms waxworms and silkworms,A varied diet is best to maintain good health. Food can be the same size as the assassin bug itself
  • they can and will take down injured crickets and roaches twice there size. They attack by sneaking up on the prey and then quickly jumping on them. 
  • The assassin bug stabs the prey with its proboscis and injects venom, quickly killing it. After dragging the dead victim away, it will feed by sucking the juices out.