Is this an assassin bug?

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Is this an assassin bug?

Mlberger93
I fount two of these bugs crawling across my tv the other night. I have extreme paranoia of bugs especially ones that I can't identify. I can deal with one but two makes me scared. My daughter woke up with an unidentified bug bite on her cheek. Just hoping you could help me out.




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meloe!
It is a true bug, but whether it is an assassin I cannot tell.

I believe Eric has a post on how to distinguish blood-feeding assassins (if this is what you are thinking) from harmless relatives, and I strongly suspect that your unfortunate insect is a harmless relative; it might even be a plant-feeding bug of some sort.

By the way, most assassin bug species are insect predators, are considered "beneficial", and do not feed on humans. These types may bite as self-defense, but they should not be considered harmful and probably are not very aggressive towards people.
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Bug Eric
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The second image is an assassin bug, yes:  a species in the genus Sinea.  I generally don't like to click on images for cybersecurity reasons, but I did look at that one.  Sinea is NOT a disease-carrying NOR blood-feeding assassin bug.