This bug bit my friend, and his ankle is killing him, and he feels woozy. We’ve never seen anything like it. He lives in Woodland Hills, CA. Any help? Thanks.
This is an Assassin Bug. There are several species including Kissing Bugs and Cone-Nose Bug which are disease carrying vectors. Your particular Assassin Bug, though it will bite painfully, is not a long lasting problem. The effects of the bite should soon pass. We believe this is one of the Zelus Assassins. As a side note, because of your letter, we realized we have been spelling the word Assassin incorrectly for years and have been correcting all the errors we could locate on our site.