Red Spot Assassin Bug
|Geographical Range||Central Africa|
|Habitat||Forests, scrublands, grasslands, croplands|
|Scientific Name||Platymeris laevicollis|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
The striking red-on-black coloration of these African bugs warns attackers that the insects pack a painful bite. Assassin bugs are such tenacious hunters that farmers use them for pest control on coconut plantations. They help control the crop-damaging rhinoceros beetle.