Subject: What on earth is this bug?
Location: On my mango tree in the yard…
March 10, 2017 8:09 am
I live in Antigua, the Caribbean. I usually spot these red and black bugs in huge amounts on the beach, but now, they are on all over my mango tree!!! Should I light my tree on fire?!??! Are they harmful? What on earth are these?
This is a beneficial Assassin Bug that will help eliminate pests from your mango tree. We believe this is a Milkweed Assassin Bug, Zelus longipes, a North American species with a range that includes “so. US (so. Atlantic & Gulf states to so. CA) to Argentina” according to BugGuide. Assassin Bugs might bite if carelessly handled.