Platymeris biguttata (White Spot Assassin Bug) has been in the hobby a very long time. It is a very large African species capable of taking down huge grasshoppers and cockroaches many times its mass. Defensive reactions result only from physical attack. If grabbed (immobilized) in such a way that the rostrum can contact skin it will give a bite worse than a bee sting, insignificant but very uncomfortable. It can also spit venom, notice the droplet at the tip of the rostrum (mouth). These are normally kept in colonies with dozens of individuals at varying ages. Egg to adult takes six to nine months and adults continue to live another two years. Eggs are dropped in the dirt.