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Greetings from Texas, Mr. Bugman!
I have recently found a colony of pretty little insects in my garden, but I don’t know what they are. They have the body that reminds me of a mantis without the bobbley head. The 3/4″ slender body is bright red with tiny white spots, and the legs and antennae are black. Hopefully these graceful looking little creatures won’t be harmful to my flower garden.
–De Smith
New Braunfels, TX

Dear De Smith,
My first inclination was to say you might have Assassin Bugs, probably nymphs. I cannot give an exact species. We just got a photo of a young assasin bug that fits your description rather accurately. Here it is. these are beneficial. They are predators that will eat harmful insects.

Yes!! That’s what we have in our garden. Thanks so much for your research!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: New Braunfels, Texas

One Response to Milkweed Assassin Bugs: Red mantis-like bug with white spots

  1. drswanny says:

    This is a nymph of Zelus longipes, the milkweed assassin bug.

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