Masked Hunters are a type of assassin bug, using a pointed “beak” to impale and consume their prey. While the adults are black in color, the bodies of the nymphs are covered with sticky hairs, which the nymphs use to mask themselves with a coating of dust, lint or whatever debris is in their surroundings. Adults and nymphs can both deliver a painful defensive bite. 

Photo by: Dakota Nyght on 8/17/21 in Missoula, MT