What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What on earth is this bug?
Location: On my mango tree in the yard…
March 10, 2017 8:09 am
Hello Bugman,
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?
Signature: Mel

Milkweed Assassin Bug

Dear Mel,
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.

Milkweed Assassin Bug

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Antigua

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