What bug is this?
Location: Simpsonville, SC
April 9, 2011 11:27 am
I have been watching this little guy on our dogwood tree for over a week now. It sometimes moves to a different blossom but stays on this tree otherwise. I have seen molting remains on surrounding surfaces and it is getting noticeable bigger. We are in Simpsonville SC and it is April. It resembles a mantis but does not have a large head like they do. I have at times thought maybe it is a stilt bug, what do you think?
Signature: Krista in SC
This is an Assassin Bug nymph, and we believe it may be in the genus Zelus. Assassin Bugs are predators and they are considered to be beneficial in the garden.