Assassin bugs are predatory bugs belonging to the family Reduviidae. They are medium to large elongated insects with distinct curved mouthparts held under their body. These bugs move slowly, lying in wait for a variety of insect prey before injecting it with a paralyzing toxin. They are predators that feed mainly on aphids, small caterpillars and insect eggs. They are solitary predators and rarely become numerous under natural conditions.
Assassin bugs can be mass produced by rearing them in plastic containers. As a food they are provided with larvae of beetles.