Horrid King Assassin Bug

Psytalla horrida


Mixed nymphs: $20/each
Starter colony (8 mixed): $150

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

    • Adult Size: 50 mm.
    • Care Level: Easy.
    • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Air Humidity: Dry.
    • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
    • Favorite Foods: Live insects.
  • Locality: None.

Grisly, colossal, and fittingly covered in warning colors, the horrida king assassin bug is the largest assassin bug in the world. Adults dwarf all three Platymeris species in culture with an appetite to match. In the wild, the horrid king assassin bug resides in dead trees and timber during the day, coming out at night to forage for unsuspecting prey. Its victims are dispatched with powerful venom injected using its rigid rostrum. Should any animal try to provoke this tyrant, it has numerous defenses including (but not necessarily limited to) stiffened spines on its thorax, volatile defensive fluid, unnerving stridulation, and the ability to inject and potentially spray its venom cocktail. Surely, the horrid king assassin bug is best left to be observed, though some audacious keepers report that it can be quite docile when handled.