The Harpactorinae are a large subfamily of the Reduviidae (assassin bugs). About 300 genera and 2,000 species worldwide have been described.[1] Some of the species of the genera Zelus, Pselliopus, Sinea, and Apiomerus are of interest as biological pest control agents.[2]

Assassin bug (Rhynocoris iracundus) with bee (Apis ssp) prey.jpg
assassin bug (Rhynocoris iracundus) with bee prey
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Reduviidae
Subfamily: Harpactorinae
Amyot and Serville, 1843
Tribes & Genera

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Tribes and generaEdit

The genera of six tribes include:


New World resin bugs: auth. Amyot & Audinet-Serville, 1843


African resin bugs: auth. Miller, 1959


Asia, Australia; auth. Stål, 1859. Approximately 13 genera including:


Oriental resin bugs: auth. Stål, 1859


Arilus cristatus: the "wheel bug"

A partial list of genera in this tribe includes:


(synonym: Rhaphidosomini Distant, 1904)

Vibertiola cinerea

Other TribesEdit

Tegeini (sometimes placed as subfamily Tegeinae)


  1. ^ Ping Zhao, Zhaohui Luo & Wanzhi Cai. "Iocoris nodulifemoralis, a new genus and new species of Harpactorinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) from China" (PDF). Zootaxa: 10 Jun 2009.
  2. ^ Weirauch, C. "Biological control in pest management system of plants".