Can you help with this one? Thanks,
Frank Trimborn
Houston, TX

Hi Frank,
What a wonderful photo of an immature Milkweed Assassin Bug, Zelus longipes. The nymph will eventually grow wings. Assassin Bugs are tireless predators that can also bite painfully if mishandled.

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Location: Houston, Texas

3 Responses to Milkweed Assassin Bug Nymph eats fly

  1. susan says:

    Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies. Two years ago the Assassin bugs laid so many eggs on my plants they made a sticky mess and killed my plants. I blast the eggs off with the hose now. The Monarchs will not lay their eggs with this bug there.

    • bugman says:

      If the plant got sticky, we would not suspect Assassin Bugs. Aphids tend to secrete honeydew and that will make plants sticky.

  2. Terry Lasswell says:

    I don’t know of any milkweed in my area but these bugs have been caught in the pads of my dogs feet at least 4 times in the past couple of months. I am guessing that they get bit as they will jump up and start shivering. Going after their paws. I wipe off their feet and keep finding these guys. I keep seeing them all over our house in Richmond Texas.

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