Location: Currently in Indiana…but may have been brought from Hawaii
December 3, 2010 11:32 am
Do you know what type of bug/insect this is? I brought a doll (made in Hawaii) to Indiana from Hawaii in August 2010, upacked it from the box it came in and placed it in my curio cabinet. I recently found this bug/insect in my curio cabinet. I saw it one day and when I went back to get it I couldn’t find it…then a couple days later, I saw it again on a higher shelf….This time I captured it. Sorry for the dust :). Can you tell me what kind of bug/insect it is? Is it Hawaiian? Please help!!
Signature: Curious Sue
Dear Curious Sue,
We decided to go back through our unanswered mail to try to post a few additional letters and photos, which is why we are so late in responding to your query. This is an immature Assassin Bug, and based on a photo we found on BugGuide, we believe it may be in the genus Zelus. This comment from Eric Eaton can be found on BugGuide: “Zelus is a genus in utter confusion right now, so even adults are getting harder to put to species.” Since members of the genus may be found in Indiana as well as Hawaii, we are uncertain where this individual may have originated.