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Predatory bug and millipede (horizontal crop).jpg
An unidentified ectrichodine preying on a millipede
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Superfamily: Cimicomorpha
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Ectrichodiinae
Amyot and Serville, 1843

The Ectrichodiinae are a subfamily of assassin bugs (Reduviidae) known for specializing on millipedes as prey.[1] The group comprises more than 600 species in about 115 genera,[2] making it a fairly large subfamily. The bugs are also known for their aposematic coloration, often brightly colored metallic blue, red, or yellow.[3]

Species of this subfamily hide under leaf litter and sometimes boulders and hunt at night.[4]



  1. ^ Heteropteran Systematics Lab @ UCR. "Unlikely relationships: Ectrichodiinae + Tribelocephalinae". Retrieved Jan 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ (Maldonado 1990),
  3. ^ Ted C. MacRae. "Millipede assassin bug". Retrieved Jan 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ Christiane Weirauch; Wolfgang Rabitsch; David Redei. "Austrokatanga, gen. nov., new genus of Ectrichodiinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from Australia" (PDF). Zootaxa 2094: 1–15 (2009).