April 26, 2010
It’s becoming spring time around here in Missouri USA. I was coming back to my bedroom when I saw this little guy on my computer monitor. I think it’s a preying mantis but can’t tell forsure. Its about as big as a dime. We have him in a glass at the moment. He tried camaflodging himself with the leaf decorations on the glass. Took a few for me to get a decent picture as it moved a lot. Not fast though.
Kansas CIty Missouri
There are several different insects that are frequently mistaken for Preying Mantids, and your immature Assassin Bug is one of them. We believe your individual is an Assassin Bug in the genus Zelus. Other insects frequently mistaken for Preying Mantids are Mantisflies and Water Scorpions.