Subject: Indoor Nuisance
Location: Woodstock, GA
December 4, 2013 2:03 pm
My friend posted this picture of an insect on social media wanting to know what it was. She’s found three of them in her house recently. One bit her daughter, and it felt like a bee sting. I looked through your stinging bug collection of photos, and the only one that seemed close was a wheel bug nymph, but December seems an unlikely month for insect nymphs.
We do not believe this is a Wheel Bug nymph, however, we do believe you have the Assassin Bug family correct. In our opinion, this looks like a mangled Assassin Bug nymph from the genus Zelus. They are reported to have a very painful bite, but they are beneficial predators. There are probably more generations in the southern portion of the range, which would explain a nymph in the fall.