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creepy little red bug
Hey Bugman-
What is this thing called? I think it’s an assassin bug nymph, but I’m not sure what kind. They love my herb garden, and I’ve read that they are beneficial. I’ve been on the receiving end of that nasty proboscis, but if they eat aphids, I guess they can stay! Thought you might like this picture- you can zoom in even closer if you want to- then he looks really creepy!! Love your website!
Samantha
San Antonio, Texas

Hi Samantha,
After attempting to open your photo file five times, we succeeded. This is an immature Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus. It is probably Zelus longipes, the Milkweed Assassin Bug, that is common in Texas. While Assassin Bugs are beneficial predators in the garden, they will deliver a nasty bite to the unwary.

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One Response to Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph

  1. drswanny says:

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

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