Asked May 8, 2019, 11:38 AM EDT

Can you please identify this ugly bug I found in my home? He acted as if he were dead for hours even when I picked him up on paper and set him on counter to put him in this little plastic baggie. Once inside the baggie he started moving around. Been in the baggie for over 12 hours now and is still alive and moving......

Hughes County South Dakota

1 Response

This is a nymph of a masked hunter. These are insects in the assassin bug family that are common in homes. They are not harmful, but rather hunt and eat other indoor arthropods. The adults are black but the nymphs camoflauge with dust and debris.