Subject: this thing bit me. what the heck is it?
Location: tennessee
October 23, 2013 11:25 am
The attached photos are of the strange creature that bit my leg. I had to pull it off since it had quite the hold. Felt like a bee sting and left a similar mark although with a little blood. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Signature: kevin

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Hi Kevin,
This is an Assassin Bug, most likely in the genus
Zelus.  Accidental encounters with humans sometimes result in painful bites, but there is no significant lasting effect.

Thanks Daniel.  Someone else told me they thought it might be some type of Seed bug, but the photo in the link you sent me looks identical to the beast that bit me.    Thank you for your quick response.  I can now let folks know that it’s not a Kissing bug and my chances of survival just went up dramatically.

Hi again Kevin,
This is most definitely not a Kissing Bug, one of the genera of Assassin Bugs that does pose a health threat to humans.

Thank you for putting my mind at ease

Location: Tennessee

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