Orange Spot Assassin Bug

Photo provided by Alan Jeon.

Platymeris rhadamanthus “Mombo”

Photo provided by Alan Jeon.

Mixed nymphs : $15/each (Contact for availability)
Starter colony (8 mixed): $100 (Contact for availability)

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: 40 mm.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Live insects.
  • Locality: None.

This species has been in US culture for over two decades but was often traded as Platymeris sp. “Mombo”. Of very important note is that this species has been identified as Platymeris rhadamanthus, which was once applied to the red spot assassin bug now identified as Platymeris laevicollis. This is the largest of the three classic Platymeris cultured in the US and has been described as having the strongest venom and worst disposition. “Mombo” appears to be the collection locality but it is unsure if this refers to a town or resort.