Reduviid bug or assassin bug, locally known as ‘Chenchazhi’, is a beneficial insect that controls pests like caterpillars which cause damage to crops.
The bug pierces its long and sharp proboscis (mouthpart) into the caterpillar’s body and sucks the body fluids.
Thus the reduviid bug destroys the various types of pests that are harmful for vegetables and fruits in the farms.
The farmers can breed the bugs in the farm and use them. The bugs can be grown in plastic basins and fed with corcyra, the brown headed white worms.
Reduviid bugs grow within 40-50 days. The female bug is larger in size. Male bug is usually smaller and thinner.
The bugs are red and black in colour. But they have no black spots on the wings. Reduviid bug is considered as a good beneficial insects.