Random Insect: Stilt bug

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Stilt bug (Hemiptera: Berytidae) photographed 05/05/2013 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

I went for a hike here in southeast Michigan today, and at one point I looked down and noticed this stilt bug (Hemiptera: Berytidae) crawling up my arm. These appropriately-named insects have slender, elongate bodies and very long, thin legs and antennae.

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Stilt bug (Hemiptera: Berytidae) photographed 05/05/2013 at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan.

Stilt bugs bear a resemblance to some assassin bugs (Reduviidae) and damsel bugs (Nabidae) but lack the raptorial front limbs those insects use to catch prey. Accordingly stilt bugs feed almost entirely on plants, although some are facultative carnivores (in other words, if they can catch it they will eat it).

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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