five (See comment from Servitude below) Australian Stenolemus sp
: Stenolemus giraffa
and Stenolemus bituberus
I put a sheet up two nights ago to see what insects were out and this beauty came to visit. This was a large one ~1.5cm. It moved constantly. If it wasn't walking, it rocked and it could fly. I tried to get some photos but didn't do very well so I placed it in a container in the fridge overnight. It doesn't handle the cold very well and I thought that it had died overnight but after leaving it to warm up, it was back on its feet. I took some photos and let it go to help around the yard. I think this is Stenolemus bituberus Wikipedia
gives us some fascinating information. "Stenolemus bituberus
is a species of thread-legged bug (Emesinae) found across much of Australia. This species spends nearly its entire life (moulting, feeding, mating) in spider webs. It preys upon a variety of spiders, including webs and nests of spiders of Achaearanea, Badumna, Pholcus, and Stiphidion, and the families Salticidae and Uloboridae. This species is found in a broader diversity of spider webs than any other species in Stenolemus. Behavior
S. bituberus has two attack methods: stalking and luring. Stalking involves the slow approach of S. bituberus to a prey, followed by a period of tapping the prey with antennae (usually for an extended period of ~3 minutes), and then sudden stabbing with the bug's rostrum. "Luring" involves plucking of the strands of the spider web by S. bituberus. The prey comes over to investigate and S. bituberus again taps with antennae before stabbing with the rostrum." More information: Tracking down the ID of this assassin by Denis Wilson: peonyden.blogspot.com/2009/02/tiny-assassin-bug.html
and text in relation to the Stenolemus. www-a.gluetext.com/content/a/Assassin/Assassin_bug_mimics...