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.