Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Purple ash tree

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QUESTION: I have black insects about 2 inches long in my tree. Any idea what it may be?  Looks like a black grasshopper.

ANSWER: Mark,

Can you post a picture?

Jack DeAngelis


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Not a grasshopper. This is a true bug (Hemiptera), possibly Reduviidae (assassin bugs), but the image is too dark to be certain. Assassin bugs are a large and diverse group of predatory bugs, some can inflict an extremely painful bite if handled.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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