What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Hi buggy guys!
Your site is so cool!! Anyway, my 2 little kids swear these guys sting or bite…something outside our house does. I am not even sure what it is, and I have seen several of these guys (we live in NW FL, *very* close to the gulf) most of them are a sharp orange color, this one is orange and black. I have a huge viney plant over my back porch, and once a larvae of something (i guessed it was this type bugs baby, it was transparent orange-ish?) landed on my arm, it stung like hell!! Then another night, (it was dark, unable to see) something else landed on me, i guess it is the adult version, as it stung like hell 10x over, a minor local reaction, but a major sting…OUCH! Anyway, what the heck is this pretty orange bug, and is this the species that keeps stinging me??? LOL, thanks so much for your help!!
Good Times,
Paula

Hi Paula,
This is a Milkweed Assassin Bug, Zelus longipes. It is a beneficial insect in the garden as it consumes many garden pests. The downside is that it will bite if provoked. The bite though painful, is not serious.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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